A RARE, BUT QUINCE-ESSENTIAL (!) FRUIT! 😀
Teenage Jewish American girls of Hispanic origin have three significant birthdays celebrated in lavish style befitting a wedding. As most Jewish girls, when they turn 12, they celebrate the traditional Jewish coming of age, Bas (Bat) Mitzvah (boys have to wait an extra year; their big day, Bar Mitzvah, is at 13). As most American girls, they also want to have a Sweet Sixteen – why give up a chance to party, after all? However, Latin / Hispanic coming of age is called Quinceanera – literally a girl of 15.
Quince is a grand ball, and la quinceanera is its queen. Every queen should have a court, and the quinceanera chooses her court of honor among her friends: 15 girls and 14 boys, one couple for every year of her life. The gowns are stunning; sometimes, when I drive through Hispanic areas of the city, I almost stop traffic because…
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