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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_sixteen_(birthday)

A sweet sixteen is a coming of age party celebrating a teenager's 16th birthday in North America, primarily in the United States and Canada. A sweet sixteen is similar to a quinceañera. Like a wedding, this event can be formal, casual, or semi-formal. Although it is common that sweet sixteens are mostly celebrated by girls, ...

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Harry Lum, D Aerospace and Avionics & Military History and Wars , Republic Polytechnic. Answered Feb 18. Many believe that the origin of the Sweet 16 comes from one of two sources. The obvious one is the Quinceañera, a Latin American girl's induction into adulthood. This takes place on the 15th birthday and includes ...

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When a young woman turns sweet 16, some families choose to honor the family tradition of passing down an heirloom such as a treasured bible, quilt, or a piece of jewelry, previously worn by her mother, grandmother or great-grandmother. Present the heirloom with a written history chronicling the lives of those who ...

www.quinceanera-boutique.com/quinceaneratradition.htm

heritages by choosing to celebrate a Sweet Sixteen. For their Sweet 16 party, the families do the full-blown quinceanera traditions - the religious ceremony, the reception, the tiara with the number 16, and more. We encourage families to select the customs that have special meaning to them and to add to the customs as they ...

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Dec 9, 2002 ... Why 16? Well, because 45 is a bit too late. It has to be some age. In Mexico it is 15, in the US, 16, in other places 18 and in many places the age is not ... "Sweet Sixteen" might have started out only as a phrase, as Wendell suggests, but at some time during the twentieth century, it might have become an ...

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Jan 11, 2017 ... A sweet sixteen party is a coming-of-age tradition that occurs primarily in the United States and Canada. ... When Amish teenagers turn 16, they are encouraged to explore the world and experience life with the hope that their venturing out will ultimately drive them back to a commitment with the church.

whspawprint.com/2014/05/22/how-sweet-is-your-sweet-sixteen

May 22, 2014 ... Aside from all the laws and restrictions and history, what is really astonishing about 16th birthdays is the fanfare that is almost synonymous with the occasion. The birthday has been glorified, with shows such as My Super Sweet 16 portraying over-the-top parties with gifts that would cost a few years' salary ...

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The concept of the Sweet 16 birthday party is great to see. This is often considered by many to be a rite of passage because a person who is at least sixteen years of age is legally able to drive a vehicle. It is a time when a person moves from one's childhood and gets one step closer to being an adult. Also, it is the time when ...

ask.metafilter.com/19347/The-origin-of-sweet-sixteen

Surprised that no one has mentioned the possibility of Sweet 16's being a JAP phenomenon (that's Jewish American princess, and I can use the potentially offensive term because I'm Jewish). I wonder if the real origin has anything to do with Jews being excluded from deb balls, coming-out parties, and the ...