Today’s big event was the quinceañera of Roberto’s cousin. For those who don’t know, the quinceañera is the 15th Birthday party of a girl with cultural significance where she becomes a woman. Most fiestas de XV años are an all day event where she starts getting ready at 4am, they go to mass, a banquet hall, and party until very late that night. It is a very Hispanic tradition and I was extremely lucky to experience it here in central Mexico.
The quinceañera of his cousin, Valeria, was very informal compared to that. We woke up at a normal time, about 9am and got ready for a small party in our backyard. We had about 40 people come. Mostly Valeria’s friends and only close family. I noted a few interesting things:
The furniture, dance floor, and tents, and cooking utensils are all rented.
Entertainment services(like the DJs) are a LOT more interactive. They led a lot of the dances and games. Very fun. I will definitely get Mexican entertainment for my next party.
The birthday song in Spanish can be sung either to the tune Americans know it as, or the waltz Las Mañanitas. The birthday girl then gets to smash her face into the cake as a “mordita.”
The food was prepared by us and then served by staff of the party. We made pechuga de relleña (spelling?) it was bacon wrapped in chicken breast like a sausage. Spaghetti with olive oil and seasoning. And a small salad. The salad dressing was olive oil, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Everything was presented very fancy. I loved it.
Next was dancing and I had the time of my life. I love dancing. It’s a good thing Roberto’s family does too. They played some dancing games specific to Mexican birthdays. I participated in a few. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
And after dancing was Tacos and beer. The adult part of the night. I like tacos de tripe the best. Thank and lengua. Even though it rained we had a big tent and continued dancing and singing until the slideshow of Valeria’s childhood came up. We watched it and some photos of me came up in there !!
My Spanish is improving so incredibly fast and I love being able to help and understand this happy family. I am happy.