Coming of Age Celebrations
Coming of age traditions mark a young person’s passage from childhood into adulthood. Although the age at which this transition takes place varies from culture to culture, as does the nature of the transition, most are marked by a ritual, ceremony or celebration of some type. Elite Golf facilities are the perfect locations to host celebrations of this nature, with outdoor and indoor options, full catering staff, and access to the top vendors in town to add a little flare to your event.
Here are a few of the most popular coming of age celebrations. We are not limited to these and welcome all cultures, ethnicities, races and religions.
Jewish Coming Of Age Traditions: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah
The bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah are coming of age ceremonies for Jewish boys (age 13) and girls (age 12), respectively. While this change occurs automatically once the child reaches that age, a bar or bat mitzvah is often held to celebrate the boy or girl’s coming-of-age and publicly mark the individual’s right to now participate in religious ceremonies, count in the minyan, or form contacts.
An American Coming Of Age Tradition: Sweet Sixteen
A sweet sixteen party is a coming-of-age tradition that occurs primarily in the United States and Canada. As the name suggests, the celebration takes place on both boys’ and girls’ sixteenth birthdays. Although most sweet sixteen celebrations lack the religious influence of other coming-of-age celebrations, some traditions do surface such as the gifting of a car to mark the child’s increased freedom and responsibility. While some families throw huge, lavish celebrations, others choose to celebrate the birthday as it were a normal occurrence. In either instance, Par 4 Occasions can host your event.
Hispanic Coming Of Age Tradition: The Quinceañera
A quinceañera, also referred to as the “fiesta de quince años” or “quince”, celebrates a Hispanic girl’s journey from childhood to maturity. The quinceañera itself takes place around a girl’s fifteenth birthday, and is popular in many Spanish-speaking regions, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Central and South America. Though quinceañeras are primarily for women, in recent years some boys have held their own quince celebrations. Customarily, the quinceañera begins with a special Mass in which the girl renews her baptismal vows. The ceremony is important, as it solidifies the girl’s commitment to her family and to her faith. Most girls spend months preparing for the ceremony and learning how to “act” as a woman. The religious ceremony is then followed by a grand “fiesta” or reception.
Philippine Coming of Age Tradition: Debut
The Debut is a traditional Filipino coming-of-age celebration for young women in which it celebrates a young woman’s 18th birthday, the age of maturity in the Philippines. The celebration customarily includes a large party, complete with a hand-picked entourage of 18 individuals or multiple sets of 18. These 18 are conventionally nine males and nine females whom the celebrant pairs of into partners. A typical ceremony begins with a short prayer invoking blessings upon the debutante. The debutante then enters, and performs traditional dances with her court for their guests. The most important one is known as the “Grand Cotillion Dance,” which is usually a waltz. There are a host of other dances and speeches to commemorate the night.
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