Quinceañera (sometimes also called Fiesta Quinceañera, or simply quinces) is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and elsewhere in communities of immigrants from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to womanhood. The celebration, however, varies significantly across countries, with celebrations in some countries taking on, for example, more religious overtones than in others.
In Argentina, the celebration begins with the arrival of the teenager, wearing a special dress, and generally accompanied by her father. The location, if indoors, commonly has its entrance specially adorned for the occasion. The father and daughter duo make thier entry through this front-door entrance at the sound of music, while friend and relatives customarily give the father flowers (usually roses). After this, the ceremony of the waltz begins, in which the girl dances with all her friends and relatives. Normally the ball is divided into batches, between which are the dishes. The following order of events represents a common program:
1. Entrance, which is usually accompanied by slow songs
4. First period of dancing
5. Main meal course
6. Second period of dancing
7. Dessert and video playback of the recorded birthday with her friends (Optional)
8. 15-candle ceremony (Optional)
9. Third period of dancing
10. Toast, Cake cutting, Tapes
11. Kareoke Carnival (Optional: can also be a batucada)
 The ceremony of the 15 candles
This ceremony is the delivery, by the birthday girl of fifteen candles to people who are most important in the development of those fifteen years. It is often accompanied by a speech, usually dedicated to each of the people that are given candles. This ceremony is also known as the Tree of Life. The 15 candles symbolize the 15 years the girl has "left behind". Each of the candles symbolizes a special memory, a moment shared with any person who is invited to join the ritual.
In Cuba, the party may include a choreographed group dance, in which 16 couples waltz around the quinceañera, which is conducted by one of the main dancers, a boy of his choice, her boyfriend or friends of rights. The choreography often includes four or six dancers or escorts Escort called experts, who are allowed to dance around the quinceañera. They are usually inexperienced dancers whose function is to highlight the central couple. Are also allowed to wear tuxedos in different colors. Fifteenth birthday celebrations were very popular in Cuba until the late 70s. This practice partly entered Cuba via Spain, but the greatest influence was French. The wealthy families who could afford to rent expensive dining rooms in private clubs or hotels of four and five stars were the real precursors of Quinceañeras, which they called Quinces. These celebrations usually passed in the house of the girl or the more spacious house of a relative. Although this is a tradition that is still practiced today in Latin America and Hispanic communities in North America, we sometimes tend to focus more on the wishes of the quinceañera for example to travel the world
 Dominican Republic
In the Dominican Republic this celebration is very traditional and common. It begins with a Mass in the Catholic Church to receive the blessing of God and give thanks for another year of life. At the birthday party makes its entrance to the place of the party (usually an estate, a ballroom, a nightclub, hotel or home of the teenager) accompanied by 14 additional pairs, which together with the teenager's own are 15 pairs. Usually quinceañera wears a gauzy pastel (representation of innocence and elegance) and the other couples wear long dresses (ladies) and suits and ties (the young) which become bright, but never to overshadow the birthday suit who is the protagonist of the celebration. Almost immediately the quinceañera dances the waltz with her partner companion who usually waltz in the middle of the passes into the hands of his father to finish the waltz. It is customary for the quinceañera and couples escorts to perform several choreographed dances, which may include rhythms like merengue, pop, salsa, etc.. It is customary to serve a buffet and some drinks during the celebration of it. As the supply of souvenirs or memories to the guests, besides the traditional album in which firms invited to enter the celebration sign to record their presence at the party. One of the main attractions in the Dominican Republic is the traditional cake of fifteen years, which usually becomes a cake of immense size and beauty, as they get to use very colorful designs to decorate it. And which is cut shortly after the firm used by the teenager. Traditionally the participation of an artist or band in the celebration of the feast to bring it and give the musical touch.
In Mexico, the birthday girl is fixed up with fancy makeup. Traditionally, this was the first time she would wear makeup, but more recently this is no longer the case. She also has her hair specially done for the occasion and dresses up with a fancy dress that she had chosen in advance.
In the Mexican tradition - and if the teenager is Catholic - the quinceañera festival begins with a Thanksgiving mass. For this mass, the teenager comes dressed with a formal dress, usually quite creative in fashion and reminescent of what a princess would wear. The color of the dress is generally chosen in advance of the event by the birthday girl and is usually of a pastel color. She arrives at the celebration accompanied by her parents, godparents, and chamberlains. At this mass, a rosary, but sometimes a necklace with a locket or pendant with the image of Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe, is awarded to the teenager by her godparent, such necklace having been previously blessed by the church clergy. After this, the girl may leave her bouquet of flowers on the altar to the Virgin Mary.
After the Thanksgiving mass, the family and friends of the teenager gather for a celebration party where they give her gifts. The party may take place at the birthday girl's house, on the street (known as a tocada), or at an events room, such as a dining hall or casino. At the party, the birthday girl usually dances a waltz with her chamberlains. Parts of this section of the celebration are usually previously practiced, oftentimes for weeks in advance, sometimes even months. There are generally six parts in the party:
* The formal entry - the girl enters the room where the guests have been waiting
* The toast - This part is optional, and may be done spontaneously, i.e, not previously choreographed. This part of the event consists of the touching of the glasses to celebrate the birthday. It oftentimes incorporates the delivery of a short speech previously prepared by the girl's parents or godparents.
* The waltz with the chamberlains - the chamberlains take turns dancing with the birthday girl
* The family waltz - a waltz involving just the immediate relatives and closest friends of the birthday girl
* The general waltz - everyone dances to a musical waltz tune
* The preferred song - Any modern song particularly prefered by the quinceañera is played
There can also be other rituals such as the ritual of the last toy. This ritual based on a Maya tradition and it is related to the birthday girl's possession of a childhood toy of her liking. It makes reference to the last such toy in her life since, after the quinceañera event, the girl is now coming closer to marriage and adult life. Another ritual is the ritual of the shoe. In this ritual the teenager's father changes her flat, low-heel shoes to high heels, symbolizing, again, the girl's passage into maturity.
After these rituals, the dinner starts. At this point the celebration reachest its high point: contracted musical groups start to play their music, adding more excitement to the party. The music is played while the guests dine, chat, mingle, and dance.
The next morning the family and closest friends may also attend a special breakfast, known as the recalentado (re-warming), in which any food not consumed during the event of the night before is warmed again and served with beer or some other drink.
In Venezuela, the quince is started with the arrival of the teenager accompanied by the arms of her father, who is received by the mother and other relatives and friends, then father and daughter dancing a waltz, and other tunes, then the quinceañera dancing with her brothers (if any) and their uncles and godparents. Then she performs the paso doble and the waltz with all members of the procession (optional dance than any other music, merengue, pop, etc.). For this occasion the teenager wearing an evening dress in light colors or pastels, is dressed and made up slightly, usually places a tiara in her hair and jewels on her neck and hands. All the guests dressed in formal attire, including the teenager's friends are of the same age. After the original dance, the choreography begins with a set up by the teenager and her friends, and after that, the festival begins with music from live bands, some famous artist, Dj's, food, drink, and at one point was carries out the crazy hour, late at night. It is optional to make some surprise dance performed by the quinceañera (alone or accompanied), also a dance that will give away her friends, cousins, etc.