ETA: This is in TAO, rather than "preteen and teens", because I'm curious about the cultural appropriation issues rather than the actual party-planning issues. If I'm not mistaken, knotty cultural questions live in TAO.
Okay, back to topic: I'm totally not Latina. I am, in fact, Italian, Scottish and Middle Eastern. However, I would like to give my daughter a quinceanera
when she turns fifteen.
1) I think quinceaneras are awesomely, tremendously cool. I've been to a couple of them, and think it's a great tradition. I like the religious elements (we're Catholic, and attend a mostly-Hispanic bilingual parish) as well as the symbolism of the party.
2) My daughter has not had a party for her christening or first communion. SHe's been to tons of family parties for everyone else--my wedding to her stepdad, now her baby brother's christening. I thought of giving her a big sweet-sixteen, but those rarely include the family and didn't seem as meaningful.
3). I think almost everyone we know would like it, even if it would be unfamiliar to some of them.
Thoughts? Too much cultural appropriation? If it makes a difference (I don't think it does, personally) we're Bronx-ites and thus pretty comfortable/familiar with Hispanic culture. Would you feel put off by being invited to a non-HIspanic quinceanera?
Lastly, does anyone know how I can get symbols in this font so that I can write "quinceanera" correctly (I know I'm leaving out a very important accent mark!)