Heritage and Custom
The celebration of a girl's fifteenth year of presentation is a custom of Mexican origin. Although its exact history is unknown, the custom, an ancient one, was probably derived from the Mayas and the Toltecas civilizations. It was at the age of fifteen that the el joven was presented to the tribal community. The escudo and espada were presented at this time and she was officially welcomed into the community and the life of a warrior. The young lady was also presented as she was considered vitally important in her maturing role for the life of the tribe. The ceremony for the young lady emphasized her dedication and sense of responsibility to community.
The purpose of the celebration in today's world is twofold:
- To thank Almighty God for the gift of life, a thanksgiving centered in the Eucharist as the source of our life; and
- To ask for special help from Almighty God as the young woman enters the world of the adult with all its obligations and privileges.
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