Sweet sixteen (birthday)
Types of sweet sixteen party
Sweet sixteens may be extremely formal, casual, or semi-formal; they can range from modest parties at home with close family and friends to large affairs with a hired DJ, makeup and hair stylists, yachts and hotel ballrooms.
This ceremony is similar to the shoe ceremony, except the mother approaches with a tiara instead of shoes, and she does it instead of a community elder. She places it on her daughter's head to symbolize her becoming a woman. Sometimes this is combined with the shoe ceremony, so that two people approach the birthday girl, one with a pillow with high heels, and the other with a pillow with a tiara.
Counterparts in other cultures
Latin American cultures
Many Latin American cultures celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday with a quinceañera. In Brazil, these events are called Baile de debutantes (as well as in other Latin American countries). But are celebrated in many places
In Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism, girls reach the age of spiritual maturity at the age of 12, celebrated with a bat mitzvah, and for boys at the age of 13, with a bar mitzvah. These are important dates in the Jewish culture, because following these ceremonies, bar or bat mitzvah, the young person is considered an adult.
When young Filipino girls turn 18 they have a Début. There are 18 roses given by 18 male friends - the father has the last rose/dance. Followed by a cutillion or usually a square dance by 18 girls/women and boys/men.
India - South (Tamil Nadu)
When the girl reaches her First Periods she is celebrated with a Tumeric water bath called Mangel Neeratu Vizah"' from aunts and dressed up as a Bride and celebrated with a Ceremony.This happens mostly in her Teens.