I thought I would take a moment to explain who the beautiful young girl on our profile page is.
Her name is Kathya and she is the daughter of a friend of mine.
And we were so lucky to share a beautiful tradition with her.
Her quinceanera, or fiesta de quince anos, a celebration a young girl may have when she turns fifteen.
It can be and often is a huge celebration for the young girl as she passes from childhood to womanhood.
In the old traditions of Latin American countries at this time a fifteen year old girl needed to be prepared to marry immediately or become a nun.
Luckily things have changed and Kathya, like most other fifteen year old girls, continues her school work and hanging out with her friends and family.
It was just so special to be asked to attend her party, which began at the church at the Plaza de Armas, because she is from a Catholic family, and continued later at a party event place in town.
Outside, before the mass, she is already celebrating with her entourage of handsome young men.
Inside the church, the priest is giving mass for her.
These boys were with her practically everywhere she went, all handsome, all well behaved and all wanting to be right by her side.
Below, at the event, where there was lots of food and drink and music and dancing, she is still with the boys.
Each boy stood around her in a circle, with a flower behind his back and then when it became his turn to dance with her he gave her the flower. They danced to the theme song from the 'Titanic', a beautiful Spanish version. When they were done she had a beautiful bouquet.
After she danced with the boys, she danced with each of the older male family members.
She also led a long procession that went around in a circle so we could see everyone.
This was pretty awesome for us, but we didn't last long, our bedtime in Mexico comes just about the time the party kicks into high gear.
As we were leaving I noticed that she had removed the lower portion of the gown and was wearing only the top frilly flouncy section.
It was so cute and I had no idea that she could take that gown apart.
And by then I was out of batteries and grumpy with Senor who forgot to put the other batteries in his pocket.
So, it was a good departure time for us!
Okay, just seems like I am interested in sharing traditions for a few days.
The farioses are in town and you know how I can go on and on about those handsome men.
So stay tuned for an update on that.
I need to go and feed the birds. We have a family of orioles coming in for oranges and the hummingbirds are back and so are the bees!!!
Que tengas un buen noche!!!