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A sweet sixteen is a coming of age party celebrating a girl's sixteenth birthday. Sweet sixteen parties are popular in the United States and Canada.
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Traditions

Candle-lighting ceremony
Each of the 16 candles holds a special meaning.
The first candle is for the girl's parents.
The second candle is for the siblings. (If there are no siblings, then this candle can represent the                       grandparents.)
Candles 3, 4, 5 and 6 are for the rest of the family members.
Candles 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 are for friends.
Candle 15 is for the girl's best friend or friends.
The 16th candle is for a significant male, such as a boyfriend or good friend.
Some add a 17th candle which represents good luck
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Shoe ceremony
For females the shoe ceremony is common at sweet sixteen parties. In this ceremony, the birthday girl sits down in a chair while her grandfather, uncle, godfather, or father approaches her with high heels on 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 a woman.
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Tiara ceremony
For females:
This ceremony is similar to the shoe ceremony, except the mother approaches with a tiara instead of shoes. She places it on her daughters 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.
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Father-daughter dance
The father-daughter dance is a tradition that is also frequently performed at weddings. The girl and her father dance to a slow-jazz or traditional song while everyone sits and watches. This is usually the first song of the night.
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Video montage
At high end sweet sixteens, a DJ often brings along several televisions or a projector to show a video montage set to music of the birthday girl containing pictures starting from when she was a baby and getting older, usually ending with pictures of her in her sweet sixteen dress. This is either made by the DJ with photos provided from the family of the birthday girl, by the parents, or by a sibling. The guests can either sit down and watch this montage, or it could be playing in the background while the guests dance.
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Counterparts in other cultures

Latin American cultures
Many Latin American cultures celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday with a quinceañera. In Brazil, these events are called Baile de debutantes (as well as in other Latin American countries).
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Jewish culture
In Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative Judaism, girls reach the age of spiritual maturity at the age of 12, celebrated with a bat mitzvah, and for boys at the age of 13, with a bar mitzvah. These are important dates in the Jewish culture, because following these ceremonies, bar or bat mitzvah, the young person is considered an adult.
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Asian culture
Philippines
When young Filipino girls turn 18 they have a Début.
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China
At the age of 15, young Chinese women have a ceremony called Ji Li. Men have a ceremony called Guan Li at the age of 20.
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Italy
In Italy it is common to have a party celebrating the 18th birthday of both boys and girls, which is the legal coming of age.
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Poland
Eighteen is the age when a young person becomes an adult in Poland. That means he or she can start purchasing, among other things, alcohol and tobacco; and also may participate in gambling.
Because of the above, the 18th birthday is often celebrated without parents, with adult-themed presents.
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UK
It is usual to have a party to celebrate becoming an adult when 18. This can be big or reasonably small.
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Related Article: How to throw a black, white and red sweet 16
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Sweet sixteens may be extremely formal, casual, or semi-formal; they can range from modest parties at home with close family and friends to large affairs with a hired DJ, makeup and hair stylists, yachts and hotel ballrooms. Large and formal sweet sixteens are featured prominently on MTV's TV show, My Super Sweet Sixteen.

Fun Facts:
Sixteen is the legal drinking age in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal.
For its "coming of age" significance, this age has inspired the titles of many songs, such as "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen", "You're Sixteen", "Sweet Sixteen", "U16 Girls" "Sweet Little Sixteen" & "Sixteen Candles".
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