Hope you enjoy this reposting of a 2 part series from 2013.
- InCanadaand theUnited States, families often mark a girl’s 16th birthday with a”sweet sixteen”celebration.
- In some Hispanic countries, as well as in Portuguese-speakingquinceañera(Spanish) orfesta de quinze anos(Portuguese) celebrationtraditionally marks a girl’s 15th birthday. Often included on this day is a religious ceremony at church, at which the young woman pays tribute to her heritage and acknowledges the start of a spiritual journey. Many Quinceaneras include a candle-lighting ceremony, where the young woman lights her parents’ candles using the flame of her own, a process that is then continued through the generations present.
- InIndia, Hindu male children of some castes like Brahmins have the 12th or 13th birthday replaced with a grand “thread ceremony.” The child takes a blessed…
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