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Who started the whole sweet 16 thing and what's so special about that age?

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Sweet 16 is just a coming of age party. They have been having this type of thing through out society for hundreds of years. They originated in the 1700s when young ladies were presented to court for the first time (this presentation usually let all the men at court that the young lady was of an age to be wed) In the old Southern South they had "Coming Out" parties where the young lady was introduced to society and all of the single men of marrying age.

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in the past it was considered the age that a girl became a woman.

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