Sweet sixteen (birthday)
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Sweet sixteen parties mark a coming of age, the point at which a person transitions into adulthood. Like a wedding, this event 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, expensive gowns and dresses, and hotel ballrooms.
Other cultural events
Many Latin American cultures celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday with a quinceañera.
After the Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13, boys bear their own responsibility for their actions and cultivating the Jewish tradition. They become responsible in the face of religious law and their parents are no longer accountable for their sins. In Orthodox communities, a Bat Mitzvah is celebrated when a girl reaches the age of 12.