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The Cristela Gonzalez Bond Collection, no. 8 - The Quinceañera (1965)

Cristela Gonzalez Bond

Silent | 1965

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  •  The young hostess receives a long line of guests 
  •  Cristela smiles for the camera 
 
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This home movie captures scenes of Cristela Gonzalez’s Quinceañera celebration in Houston in the 1965. Dressed in a sparkly white dress and tiara, Cristela receives her guests and exchanges hugs. 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.