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The Cristela Gonzalez Bond Collection, no. 7 - Cristela’s Quinceañera (1965)

Cristela Gonzalez Bond

Silent | 1965

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  •  Cristela and her mother prepare her for her quinceañera ceremony 
  •  The Catholic ceremony begins 
  •  The damas and the chambelanes formally enter the reception hall together 
  •  Cristela and the Chambelán de honor dance the first dance of the night 
  •  The damas and chambelanes join in for the traditional waltz 
  •  The band, The Vikings, warm up in shiny silver jackets 
  •  Boogying down commences 
  •  Everyone sits down to a meal together 
  •  Guests hit the dance floor even harder than before 
  •  A conga line forms! 
  •  Cristela cuts the cake 
 
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This home movie captures scenes of the donor, Cristela Gonzalez, celebrating her quinceañera in Houston in 1965. Cristela, accompanied by her damas and chambelanes, attends a special mass at church before hosting a lively reception with dinner and cake and plenty of dancing. A quinceañera, also called a fiesta de quince años, is the celebration of a girl's 15th birthday in Mexican and other Latin-American cultures. This birthday marks the girl's transition from childhood to womanhood and is celebrated with a Catholic ceremony and large reception where the girl wears a formal gown, takes mass, performs a traditional waltz, and toasts champagne with her family and friends.