Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Quinceañera!

News flash: I am not female and I am not Hispanic.

And neither is my blog. But if it were, today would be a day of great celebration!

Can you guess why? The title of this post gives a hint.

Quince (kin-seh) is the Spanish word for fifteen. A quinceañera (kin-seh-an-yehr-uh) is a festive time celebrating a Hispanic female's fifteenth birthday. It's rather like a Sweet Sixteen birthday party, only a year sooner. To be more accurate, in Spanish countries the word refers to the honoree herself; in the U.S. it refers to the festivities.

Sixteen in Anglo families and fifteen in Hispanic families has traditionally been the age when parents consider a daughter to be available for courting by suitors with an eye toward eventual marriage.

Today -- September 28, 2022 -- my blog is fifteen years old.

So even though this blog is neither female nor Hispanic, if you want to hire a mariachi band or do a flamenco dance or drink a margarita or two, I will not stop you.

No way, José.

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you! have a tequila and celebrate :)

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    1. kylie, I never touch the stuff. A chocolate ice-cream soda would be great, though.

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  2. Congratulations on 15 years. It's a challenge. I hope i can follow you for a few more years.

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  3. A quinceañera is a great celebration that often lasts long into the night. Wonderful music, fantastic food, and happy people is the way to honor the young woman.

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    1. Emma, I am way too old for celebrations that last long into the night. I used to be a night owl; now I rarely make it past 10 pm. The honoree will just have to continue without a chaperone.

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  4. Congratulations, RWP!! Hope you're aiming for 15 more!

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    1. Pam, thank you! Aiming, yes. That would make me 96.

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  5. Slightly belated greetings on the fifteenth birthday of your youngest son "Rhymes". Like most teenagers he can be stroppy but underneath everything he's a good lad. Has he joined a marching band? Does he play baseball?

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    1. Neil, Slightly belated thank-yous back atcha, good buddy. I will have to look up 'stroppy' as we don't use that word over here in the former colonies. But marching band, yes, and baseball, definitely.

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