Photographing the Quinceañera

Photographing the Quinceañera

Yesterday, I mentioned that La Antigua Guatemala’s Central Park is often used as stage for many free cultural and artistic events. Well, the Main Plaza, or Plaza Mayor as it is the official name, is also often used as shooting location for many photographers covering Quinceaños (Fifteen years) and Weddings. In the picture above, we can appreciate a Quinceañera being photographed for her Fifteen candles celebration.

The Quinceañera, or Quince años (“fifteen years” in English), in Latin American culture, is a coming of age ceremony held on a girl’s fifteenth birthday. The term Quinceaños refers to the birthday of the celebrant, and the term Quinceañera refers to the celebrant herself. Like many other coming-of-age ceremonies, the Quinceaños is associated with the Quinceañera “becoming a lady”.

The celebration carries religious significance for Spanish-speaking Roman Catholics. The celebration begins with a religious ceremony in which the Quinceañera affirms her faith. It is customary for the Quinceañera to receive gifts that are religious in nature, such as a cross or medal, a Bible (prayer book), rosary, or scepter, and these gifts are often a part of the ceremony. (… continue reading at Wikipedia)

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