- Sweet sixteen (birthday)
A sweet sixteen
partyis a type of birthday partyin the United States, usually celebrated for a girlon her sixteenth birthday. Sweet Sixteen parties were once given as a celebration of the girl's virginity, or a celebration of being old enough to drive, but are now more general coming of agecelebrations.Fact|date=August 2008
Types of sweet sixteen party
A Sweet Sixteen, like a wedding, can be extremely
formal, casual, or semi-formal. Sweet Sixteens can range from a simple house partyor dinnerparty at a restaurantto large affairs with a hired DJ, makeupand hair stylists, and renting out yachtsand hotel ballrooms. Large and formal Sweet Sixteens are featured prominently on MTV's TV show, " My Super Sweet Sixteen."
At a Sweet Sixteen party, there is usually a
candlelighting ceremony. This consists of the Sweet Sixteen birthday girl lighting up sixteen candles representative of sixteen peopleor groupsof people, sometimes with a seventeenth candle for good luck. These candles can be standing independently in candle holders on a table, or placed on a birthday cake. Each candle represents a person or group of people who has impacted the birthday girl's life in a positiveway, such as parents, best friends, siblings, grandparents, etc. Sometimes there is a memorycandle, which could be the seventeenth candle or one of the original sixteen, that is lit in memory of a passed away loved one. [http://candles.lovetoknow.com/Sweet_16_Candle_Ceremony]
When the birthday girl announces each candle, she can add a poem, anecdote, or short speech telling the guests of why that person or group of people is important to her. The people for whom the candle is for then come up to help her light the candle while a song plays in the background. The birthday girl can also have a "candle buddy," usually her best friend or sister, who may light the candles with her throughout the whole ceremony while she reads her poem/anecdote/short speech. [http://www.party411.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=sweet16;action=display;num=1091932156]
shoeceremony is common at Sweet Sixteen parties, although they are more often seen in Quinceañeras. In this ceremony, the birthday girl sits down in a chairwhile her grandfatheror fatherapproaches her with high heelson a decorative pillow. The girl would traditionally be wearing flat shoes, such as slippers, and the father ceremoniously helps her into her new high heels. This is symbolic of the girl transitioning into womanhood. [http://www.party411.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=sweet16;action=display;num=1091932156]
This ceremony is similar to the shoe ceremony, except the father/grandfather approaches with a
tiarainstead of shoes. He places it on the birthday girl's head to symbolize her becoming a woman. Sometimes this is combined with the shoe ceremony, so that two people approach the birthday girl, one with a pillow with high heels, and the other with a pillow with a tiara. [http://www.party411.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=sweet16;action=display;num=1091932156]
The Daddy-Daughter Dance is a tradition that is also frequently performed at
weddings. The birthday girl and her father dance to a slow song while everyone watches.
At high end Sweet Sixteens, a
DJoften brings along several televisionsor a projectorto show a video montageset to musicof the birthday girl containing picturesstarting from when she was a babyand getting older, usually ending with pictures of her in her Sweet Sixteen dress. This is either made by the DJ with photosprovided from the familyof the birthday girl, by the parents, by a sibling, or by the birthday girl herself. The guests can either sit down and watch this montage, or it could be playing in the background while the guests dance.
Counterparts in other cultures
panish and Latin American cultures
Many Spanish and Latin American cultures celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday with a
Quinceañera. In Brazil, these events are called "Baile de Debutantes" ( Debutante). In some cases, Brazilian girls have their own party, like the Sweet Sixteen, but at age of 15.
Judaism, girls reach the age of spiritual maturityat the age of 12 (with their bat mitzvah), compared to boys who reach the age of spiritual maturity at 13 (with their bar mitzvah). Many practitioners of Reform Judaismhave adopted the Catholic custom of a confirmation ceremony, sometimes celebrated on the girl's sixteenth birthday.
When young Filipina girls turn 18 they have a
In popular culture
Film and television
* The 1984 film "
Sixteen Candles" features a coming of age story as the lead character, Samantha Baker, turns sixteen.
* In the anime series
Robotech, the 8th episode is called "Sweet Sixteen". It deals with the character Lynn Minmay's 16th birthday.
* The TV series
6teenfeatured an episode entitled "Sweet 6teen".
* Each episode of the TV series
My Super Sweet 16involves the planning and throwing of a sweet 16 party.
* "16 Candles" - recorded by
the Crestsand several other artists, including Roy Orbison
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" - Neil Sedaka
A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me'" - Fall Out Boy
* "Sixteen" - on
No Doubt's album " Tragic Kingdom"
* "Sweet Little Sixteen" -
* "Sweet Sixteen" -
Billy Idol, it references a lost love of Edward Leedskalnin.Fact|date=May 2008
* "Sweet Sixteen" (no connection to the Billy Idol version) -
Hilary Duff, it later became the theme song for MTV's reality show " My Super Sweet 16".
You're Sixteen" - written by the Sherman Brothers, recorded by Johnny Burnette, Ringo Starrand others.
* "Only Sixteen" recorded -
* "It Hurts To Be Sixteen" - Andrea Carroll
* Age 16
My Super Sweet 16
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