Quinceañeras often symbolize family’s hard work, success

Miami, Florida (CNN) — From the custom-made, hand-beaded white dress to silver-studded high-heeled shoes, diamond jewelry and tiara, Jenny Ferro is preparing for a day she’s dreamed about since she was 3 years old.

“I’m really excited,” says Jenny, eagerly nodding her head. “Really, really, a lot!”

She isn’t getting married. The 15-year-old is preparing for her quinceañera, a coming-of-age ritual in Latin culture, marking a young girl’s entrance into womanhood. The centuries-old tradition began as a ceremony to introduce girls to society on their 15th birthday and signified that they were ready for marriage. Today, many quinceañeras have become much more elaborate.  To read the full story click here.