Debut Ball

A Navarre ceremony that dates back to the late Middle Ages, the Debut Ball was an event of nobility that modern high society also partook in as a means of approaching the nobles. This 15th century tradition allegedly started in the Navarre Royal Court, when Duke Jorgé Navarro throw a massive ball in honor of his daughter shortly before she was sent to Pendaron Royal Court to marry Prince-Heir Bernard Henryson Pendaron of Llyntem. Following the event more and more Navarre nobles started to use balls to either give farewell to their departing daughters or as ways to gather uncompromised young heirs and arrange a possible union.
  The first documented case of a male Debut Ball was from Leonan Court, when King Humberto Castanhal Raviera de Leonan came of age and decided to throw a ball two days after his coronation to present himself to the noble and high society as the new king. Known as the Black Lion's Debut, the party was is a major part of Leonan History.
  As modern high society came to be and the new rich came to power over the old nobility money, big balls were thrown to show the nobles that what the bourgeoise lacked in blue blood they more that had to spare in money. Over the years, as bourgeoise became the new standard and the ruling class, the Debut Ball changed meanings to be a display of wealth and introduction of their capable children into society, as a way to show off their offspring and their family money as superior to that of other rich people.
  While it is said the original Debut Ball was a 13th birthday celebration, as time on and the meaning behind the event changed, it has come to be part of the 15th birthday celebration of women across most of the New Land, Western Old Land and Northwest of Motherland. The Disputed Land between Old Land and Narorokh have a similar costume, which appears to have it's own origin, but still is part of the celebration of the maturity of young children in their 17th birthday, from which point they are expected to  start apprenticeship for their job, frequently with their parents or other relatives.
Portuguese Name
Baile de Debutante


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