NPH Mexico celebrates the entrance into adulthood of 21 of our young women.
November 25, 2011 - Mexico
In Mexico, every girl's dream of dressing up as a princess and going to a ball comes true on her fifteenth birthday during Quinceañera celebrations. This fairy tale tradition celebrates the transition from childhood to womanhood through a special mass, a waltz performance and a dinner with friends and family. This November, NPH Mexico celebrated the Quinceañeras of 21 of our young girls who turned 15 this year. It was a magical day for these young women and for all of the attendees who came to share in the festivities.
The day began at 9 a.m. for our young women, who had early appointments at a local hair and makeup salon. For many of them, this was the first time in their life that they were treated to the luxury of having their hair and makeup done by professionals. A big “thank-you” goes out to NPH Mexico’s art therapist Marion Tavella for funding this special treat and helping to make this day that much more special for our Quinceañeras.
The young ladies putting the final touches on their hair and make-up
Once the girls had their makeup and hair perfected, they returned to their dorms to put on their beautiful gowns and prepare for their special mass. The chapel at Casa San Salvador, NPH Mexico's home for children ages pre-school through middle school, was packed from wall to wall with the visiting friends and family members of our Quinceañeras. The audience was in awe as the elegant young women made their grand entrance into the chapel. Each was escorted by a handsomely suited chambelán, one of our young men who also had his 15th birthday this year. Once all of the young women and their chambelanes took their seats at the front of the chapel, Father Philip Cleary began the special mass. He announced to our young men and women that he, and all of their friends and family in the audience, are so proud of the young adults they have become. He also made the point that this early stage in their life is the perfect time to mold their character by correcting their faults and striving to be honest, humble and kind human beings. Father Phil encouraged our young adults to make positive decisions in their lives in order to continue on the path of bright futures and better lives. All 21 of our young women were summoned to the altar to be blessed by Father Phil and to receive a special cross to remember this special day.
Mass was followed by a choreographed waltz by the Quinceañeras and their chambelanes outside in the school’s athletic court. The pairs were accompanied by little girls in pretty dresses, either a pequeña between the ages of 3 and 5, or a family member of the Quinceañera. The performers dazzled the audience with twirls and graceful moves in their fancy evening gowns. Their weeks of practicing resulted in a spectacular performance that everyone enjoyed!
That evening, friends and family joined their Quinceañera for a formal dinner of pasta and chicken. Father Phil, House Director Agustín Velázquez and National Director Rafael Bermudez cut and served a huge tres leches cake to all of our children. With fog machines, flashing lights and a hired D.J., Casa San Salvador's dining hall was transformed into an amazing dance hall for our children to dance the night away!
The Quinceañera celebrations at NPH Mexico bring together friends and family for a special day to show our young women that they are beautiful inside and out. Our children realize how special they truly are and that they have so much potential in life. We hope for the best for our children’s futures and want each and every one of them to leave NPH Mexico ready to have a positive impact on the world.