Hundreds of girls celebrating their fifteenth birthdays attended a mass ‘Quinceañera’ celebration in Mexico City yesterday.
Every year, the mayor of the Mexican capital hosts a ‘coming of age’ celebration to which he invites girls from the city, a tradition dating back to the Spanish colonial era when girls had their official debut in society at the ages of 15 and 16.
It marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and is common in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.
On Saturday, 348 teenagers descended on the capital, lighting up the somewhat dreary day with their colourful ball gowns.
Each girl teamed her elaborate dress with a sparkling tiara, and had her make up done especially for the occasion.