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The debutante ball is a traditional Western ritual often designed to celebrate young women’s transition from childhood to adulthood. The word debut (i.e., to enter into society) comes from French language but came into use by the English during the reign of King George the 3rd (1760- 1820). From 1837 on, the young women were referred to as debutantes later shortened to debs (Haynes, 2005).

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Rites of Passage: Debutante Balls in Filipino-American Culture

The debutante ball is a traditional Western ritual often designed to celebrate young women’s transition from childhood to adulthood. The word debut (i.e., to enter into society) comes from French language but came into use by the English during the reign of King George the 3rd (1760- 1820). From 1837 on, the young women were referred to as debutantes later shortened to debs (Haynes, 2005).

 

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