"It takes a village to raise a child." The Quinceanera celebration tells such a story. It is about strength, human frailty, and yet persistent innocence in the face of a cold, hostile world. It is about family, respect for tradition. It is about loyal friendships and loving patrons and generous sponsors. This essay depicts one young lady's symbolic transition from childhood to becoming a mature woman who is capable of independence and making her own decisions as she faces the challenges of life ahead.