Thousands Showed Up For Girl’s 15th Birthday After An Accidental Viral Invite.
Mexico and other Latin American countries celebrate a girl's fifteenth birthday. Quinceañera is a tradition dating back hundreds of years. It is a rite of passage from childhood into young womanhood. Depending on the family she may be allowed to wear make-up, date, or other freedoms that come with turning this age.
Families save for years to throw an epic birthday party that often looks more like a wedding in terms of extravagance. The birthday girl is often seen wearing a stunning gown, pearl and diamond jewelry, and of course her own tiara. One 15-year-old however got the biggest quinceañera ever when over one million people RSVP'd to her party.
Rubi Ibarra Garcia lives in the small town of La Joya in the San Luis Potosi State, in Mexico.
Her father Crescensio posted a video on Facebook inviting friends and family to celebrate the big day. What he didn't know, however, is that he posted the video in public rather than private setting. Unintentionally, the video went viral with millions of people from all over Mexico and the United states watching it.
In the 45-second clip, Crescencio stood with his daughter Rubi and his wife, Anaela.
"Hello, how are you? We invite you this 26 December to the 15th birthday party of our daughter, Rubi Ibarra Garcia,” Crescencio announced. "hereby everyone is cordially invited." When he said "everyone" he meant those from his village. Nonetheless, the family received over 1.2 million RSVPs, and the hashtag #XVdeRuby began trending on social media.
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The Mexican airline, Interjet, offered a 30 per cent discount for those wanting to fly to La Joya for the party.
Mexican actor, Gael Garcia Bernal, made a parody of the invitation video while singer Luis Antonio Lopez “El Mimoso” composed a song dedicated to the birthday girl.
Crescencio realized his error and clarified the invitation was meant only for family, friends, and neighbours. Nonetheless, he admitted he wouldn't turn anyone away who showed up.
Although the over one million RSVPs did not attend the birthday, it is estimated over 20,000 people showed up. Part of the itinerary included a mass with the priest blessing Rubi and advising her to remain humble despite all the attention.
People had camped outside a nearby ranch, anxiously waiting for the celebration to begin.
The Garcias posted a message on their Facebook page, persuading people to remain calm and behave in a civilized manner. They wrote, "To all those who have already arrived I ask you to please do not despair because in truth we are many people and we are just seeing how to speed things up. I just ask for your patience so that we can all enjoy this party."
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