Shoe Ritual: The Latina’s “Sweet Fifteen”

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The traditional rite of passage for Latinas is at age fifteen. Quinceañera, celebrated with a Catholic Mass and a fiesta, includes rituals symbolic of entry into responsible adulthood. The community watches as the girl’s father kneels at her feet and exchanges her flat shoes for high heels. Everyone treats her as an adult from then on.

 http://www.nyfolklore.org/pubs/voic28-3-4/onair.html

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