Published: May 1, 2020
Photo illustration by Crystal Marie Lopez via Flickr

The celebration of quinceañera is a tradition among people of Latin American heritage that marks a 15-year-old girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood. The festivities can include a religious ceremony, elaborate gowns and tuxedoes, a lavish party, and a special dance of the quinceañera and her court. Such a major turning-point in a young girl’s life can evoke a range of emotions and inspire a number of beliefs, as you’ll read in the essays below.

  1. This Is Who I Am
  2. Easy to Forgive, Hard to Forget
  3. The Promise of a Jewelry Box
  4. A Successful Life in America