Fifteen-year-old girls pose for a group picture at the Franz Mayer museum before a mass Quinceanera birthday celebration in Mexico City, April 28.
Three-hundred forty-eight girls dressed up for their 15th (Quinceanera) birthday celebration, a tradition dating back to the Spanish colonial era when 15- and 16-year-old girls had their official debut in society. The Quinceanera marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and is common in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.
Fifteen-year-old girls take pictures of themselves during a mass Quinceanera.
Girls dressed in evening gowns laugh inside a bus.
A 15-year-old girl shouts from the inside a bus during a mass Quinceanera.
Cecilia, center, plays with her dress.
A 15-year-old girl gets ready for a mass Quinceanera birthday celebration.
Girls dressed in evening gowns pose for photographs at Zocalo square in Mexico City.