Celebrating the transition from childhood to maturity is a significant stepping stone in many people’s lives. Though traditions are different for different cultures, each of these groups likes to celebrate this important part of growing up from age 12 to 20. Here is how a few cultures celebrate:
Jewish Bar and Bat Mitzvah
At age 13 and 12, young Jewish boys and girls celebrate their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in order to demonstrate their commitment to their faith and recognize that they now have the right to participate in religious ceremonies. After the ceremony, a reception of family and friends typically ensues to celebrate the young person’s hard work and accomplishment, as they have often spent weeks learning and preparing for this day.
In many Spanish-speaking regions including Central and South America, Mexico and Puerto Rico, young girls celebrate their Quinceanera when they turn 15 years old. The coming of age ceremony typically begins with a Catholic mass where the girl renews her baptismal vows and solidifies her commitment to her family and faith. Immediately following is a fiesta where friends and family eat and dance and features multiple father-daughter traditions as part of the celebration.
American Sweet 16
An American girl’s 16th birthday is important as it marks the time when they are legally permitted to drive. The significance of age 16 seems to have originated in Europe during the Victorian times when young women were introduced into society, preferably to find eligible bachelors for marriage. Thanks to modernization and women’s rights, engagement and marriage at 16 is no longer the norm, but girls still celebrate Sweet 16 with family, friends, food, music and dance to honor this major milestone.
Some Sweet 16 birthday traditions are still incorporated in modern parties such as wearing a ball gown, lighting 16 candles, passing down family heirlooms, hosting a crowning ceremony, and presenting the teen with their first car or a significant piece of jewelry to mark the special occasion.
Japanese Seijin no Hi
In Japan, the second Monday of January marks “Adults Day” or “Coming of Age Day” where youth are officially and legally welcomed into adulthood. It’s a Japanese holiday where 20-year-olds dress up in their finest traditional attire and attend a public ceremony in local city offices to honor all those who turned this milestone age over the past year. Following the ceremony, the new adults continue the celebration by attending parties and local events, dining at restaurants or shopping.
The Place at Harbour Crossing is honored to host these milestone coming-of-age celebrations. Schedule a tour and let us show you the flexibility and options in creating a memorable event for your teen.