Mexicans and many other Latin American cultures celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday with a fiesta de quince, also referred to as a Quince Años, a quinces, a Quinceañera, a Quinceañero or a Fiesta Rosa. In Brazil and some other Latin American countries the event is called Baile de debutantes. The Quinceañera customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food, and dance. The festival marks her passage into womanhood.
Quinceañeras are a formal event, similar to a wedding, but without a groom. The American equivalent would be a Sweet Sixteen birthday party combined with a coming out ball for debutantes.
Her day begins with a special Thanksgiving mass (La Misa de Acción de Gracias). As a symbol of her gratitude she will place a single flower or bouquet of flowers at the foot of the Virgin Mary statue. During the Mass, grandparents might give the quinceañera 15 red roses, with the stems signifying strength and the petals signifying sweetness.
The Quinceañera will look like a fairytale princesss in a white, pink or pastel-colored ballgown, and of course, a tiara. Her quince bouquet will complement the color of her dress and her quince theme. Roses are a popular floral choice. Her quinceañera bouquet is often adorned with feathers, sparkles, and bright ribbons. Her bouquet should be fun and youthful, it is not meant to look like a bridal bouquet.