Latest Quinces craze in communist Cuba: Photo shoots at cemeteries

For Cubans, a young girl’s 15th birthday is her coming of age celebration, the equivalent of a Sweet Sixteen here in the U.S. The Quinces, or Fifteens, is usually celebrated with a party and photographs.

For the children and grandchildren of Cuban exiles in the U.S., we all celebrated or attended many Fifteens parties when growing up. And for the many of the daughters and granddaughters of Cuban exiles in the U.S., there is a photo album hidden somewhere with some pretty corny pictures documenting that 15th birthday.

The Quinces also continued being celebrated in Cuba after the island was taken over by the Castro dictatorship. Despite the misery, despair, and poverty of living under a socialist dictatorship, Cuban parents have continued to celebrate their daughters’ 15th birthday with photo spreads and parties as lavish as they could afford.

But the disease of communism contaminates and perverts virtually everything. Even the most innocuous event can become dark and macabre whenever you throw socialism into the mix.

In Cuba, the grim and ghoulish nature of socialism and communism has crept even into the Quinces celebration. It appears the latest craze in Quinces celebrations on the island has become photographing the birthday girls at cemetery.

Read more (in Spanish) about the ghoulish effect of socialism on girls’ birthday parties at CubaNet.


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