The Quinceanera tradition celebrates the young girl (la Quinceanera), and recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity. The customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food, and dance. The tradition is also called quinceaños or quince años or simply quince, and is the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday, marking her passage from girlhood to womanhood; the term is also used for the celebrant herself. The quinceañera is both a religious and a social event that emphasizes the importance of family and society in the life of a young woman.
It is traditional for the Quinceanera to choose special friends to participate in what is called the Court of Honor: young people who are her closest friends, her brothers, sisters, cousins – the special people in her life with whom she wants to share the spotlight.