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My word for the day… Quinceanera

In this Nov. 29 2015 photo, a quinceanera poses during her photo session by postcards of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara near the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba. Celebrations known as “quinceaneras,” marking a girl’s 15th birthday and recognizing her transition to womanhood, date back centuries in Latin America. Some vestiges of the older celebrations remain, with Latin American girls performing traditional waltzes. But in Cuba, photographs are the main focus. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

In this Nov. 29 2015 photo, a quinceanera poses during her photo session by postcards of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara near the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba. Celebrations known as “quinceaneras,” marking a girl’s 15th birthday and recognizing her transition to womanhood, date back centuries in Latin America. Some vestiges of the older celebrations remain, with Latin American girls performing traditional waltzes. But in Cuba, photographs are the main focus. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Gary

    It’s kinda sad that this black women doesn’t know about Ernesto’s days of when he killed the women that he raped, which included beating up several first for kicks because he could.
    Then there was his rise to power when he signed the approval paper to execute about 4000 Cubans that were rounded-up as anti-revolution enemies of him and Castro. But lets not overlook what he said about White people being so productive and inventive to have advance societies while Blacks were lazy Nigg**s that are burdens on Societies .

    Being a black women I would have thought she would resist ties to a misogynist racist .

    • T.C.

      I think this young woman would be really pissed if she knew you were describing her as “black.” At the very least she might describe herself as “mulata,” but I doubt she would even go that far. But you are right in the saying that Cuba is a very racist society.

      • Alain

        No only Cuba but just about all of Latin America.

      • Gary

        I’m also including her background because Cuba does not allow Africans in the upper levels of Politics , they tolerate that ones they have .
        This is why I find it pretty sad the CUPE and other Public employees in Canada will vacation there to prop up Communism and Bigotry with OUR tax dollars .
        Sid Ryan is a fraud plus Justin Trudeau and the Liberals that support that Communism .

  • The quinceañera is lovely. However sad that the only postcards on sale are of the mass-murderer Ernesto “Ché” Guevara. (attn. Daily Mail: “quinceañera” has a squiggle over the “n” — it’s not just an accent, it’s a totally separate letter of the Spanish alphabet. Without it the word translates to “fifteenth ass-holer”).

    A couple other inaccuracies: The Latin American tradition does not go back to “500 B.C.” — the Spanish did not even settle the new world until the 16th Century A.D., and even in Spain their culture did not develop until after the 9th Century A.D. But the Daily Mail was only off by more than a 1,000 years in either case.

    One more thing. “Becoming a woman” at age 15 is symbolic — women aren’t expected to lose their virginity at that age. It’s not legal to have sex or marry at that age either. Just thought I’d mention that for the aspiring pedophile readers of the Daily Mail.

    Oh, and before I forget, the nickname “Ché” in Ernesto Ché Guevara was a denigrating name given to him by Guatemalan revolutionaries because of his Argentinian accent and his tendency to use it to be superior to everyone else. So they called him “el Ché” to humiliate him. The Daily Mail also forgot the acute accent over the “e” in Ché.

    Apart from that, the Daily Mail was 100% culturally accurate!

    • That’s why I liked the photo it showed the stark reality of Cuba, a lovely tradition juxtaposed against an ugly one.

      Thanks for the language lessons too!

      • Sorry for the language lessons — it was a potshot at the Daily Mail and its dumb article. The photos are stunning though especially this one — the “stark reality”. So much about Cuba is aesthetically pleasing and elicits nostalgia, keeping in mind that none of the old-world architecture or any of its charming remnants of the past were constructed by the communists.

    • mauser 98

      Che despised black people , total hate.
      never mentioned on any university campus or on CBC news

      • Millie_Woods

        This would make a great T-shirt.

  • mauser 98

    how ’bout this one ?

    • Is that the little commie?

      • mauser 98

        yup..

        • Raymond Cameron

          Is it the father?

      • Kathy Prendergast

        That’s actually Michel Trudeau, their youngest son.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    Yes, quinceanera is sweet if you can get past the tackiness and excess of it – families that really can’t afford it shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for dresses, parties, etc. – but cultures that truly value girls’ education put off their special “Princess for a Day” coming-of-age occasions to high school graduation and/or the age of 18 or older. Quinceanera on the other hand seems to me to be a retrograde custom that serves only to discourage barely-pubescent Hispanic girls from furthering their education past the age of 15 and encouraging them instead to pursue premature sexuality and (increasingly single) premature motherhood. Mind you, “Sweet Sixteen” parties are not much better. My New Zealand-born parents to their credit could not understand all the fuss made about that particular birthday in North American culture. A typical 16-year-old girl still has at least two years of high school left to get through, not to mention college or university; what’s to celebrate?