Celebrating a Quinceanera by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
A Latina's 15th Birthday Celebration

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A quinceanera is more than just a birthday party. For Ariana's Mexican-American family, it is also a rite of passage, a religious occasions, and a celebration of heritage. In this festive photo essay, ten-year-old Ariana enthusiastically helps her cousin Cynthia prepare for this big event. It is a effort that involves not only the extended family but the entire community. There are invitations to be delivered, dresses to be chosen, musicians to be hired, dances to be learned and perfected, favours and food to be made, and even counseling sessions for Ariana's cousin to attend at church. On the day of Cynthia's quinceanera, it is clear that everyone's hard work has paid off as the community comes together for an occasion to be remembered and treasured. In a warm and exuberant tribute, Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale portray a culture and a celebration that is grounded in faith, rich in traditions, and full of life.
 

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Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith is the art director of Square Moon Productions, a book design and development company. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Orinda, California. Lawrence Migdale's images have appeared on the covers of national magazines and dozens of books over the years. His work can be seen in A Child's California, Ryan's Chinese New Year, Arctic Hunter, and Celebrating Kwanza.
 
Published September 1, 2002 by Holiday House. 30 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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this variety is demonstrated in the text throughout the book and reinforced in the photographs of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr in the family’s mosque in Princeton, New Jersey.

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The sharp full-color photographs capture various moments in this important holiday: shopping for symbolic foods and flowers, a trip to the cemetery to honor ancestors, the gathering of the clan, preparing meals, attending the parade, and more.

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Although in earlier times, the 15th birthday was an occasion for a young woman to make a decision between a secular life and a life consecrated to religious duties, it is now a time for reflection about childhood and the adult life she will lead.

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Migdale's photos emphasize the color and warmth of Leora's home, school and synagogue, and Hoyt-Goldsmith's unusually thorough text goes beyond the holiday to show a bit of the fabric of observant Jewish life, e.g., outlining how Leora's father prepares students for a bar (or bat) mitvah, and exp...

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As they have done in previous collaborations, Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and photographer Lawrence Migdale once again explore a central cultural tradition. Celebrating a Quincea$era: A Latino's 15th Birt

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