Sweet sixteen (birthday)

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A sweet sixteen is a coming of age party celebrating a persons's sixteenth birthday in North America, primarily in the United States and Canada.


A sweet sixteen party is a type of party in the United States celebrating a sixteenth birthday, Sweet sixteen parties mark a coming of age. A sweet sixteen, like a wedding, can be extremely formal, casual, or semi-formal. Sweet sixteens can range from modest parties at home with close family to large affairs with a hired DJ, makeup, hair stylists, yachts, and hotel ballrooms dresses.

Other cultural events[edit]


Many Latin American cultures celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday with a Quinceañera.


In many Christian denominations, both girls and boys reach the age spiritual maturity at around the age of 13 or 14, with the Sacrament of Confirmation.


In Orthodox communities, a Bat Mitzvah is celebrated when a girl reaches the age of 12.

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