Feliz cumpleaños y bienvenida, es el libro de la semana! Our baby is growing up. The Blurberati Blog is one year old this month. Although there’s no party scheduled, we’ll commemorate our turning point by highlighting someone else’s birthday in Book of the Week.
Staycie’s Quince, created by Miguel Guerra, features photographs of Staycie’s quinceañera. Take a look at this very sweet book and then take a few minutes to think back when you were 15. Now shake your head and sigh.
According to QuinceGirl.com, “The quinceañera is a special coming-of-age event for 15-year-old Latinas and their family and friends that includes a church ceremony followed by an often lavish reception.” If you are unfamiliar with the quinceañera, you won’t be for long. It’s getting much more common in the U.S. and gaining exposure on MTV and in movies at Sundance. Quinces are also becoming big business, generating $300 million in related sales every year.
But it wasn’t always tiaras and taffeta. The quince has been traced back to Aztec times when at age 15, boys were considered ready to become warriors and girls were presented to the community as ladies ready to take on the responsibilities of womanhood. It is still about honor and coming of age, but nowadays, it’s also about a glitzy updo. Why shouldn’t it be? You’re only young once.
Congratulations, Staycie, we hope your quinceañera was all that you hoped for, and we really loved your book, Miguel. Buen trabajo.