A Mexican quinceañera party received more than 1.2 million confirmed guests after its invitation went viral on Facebook.
Rubi Ibarra Garcia's father Crescencio Ibarra posted homemade video inviting people to his daughter's party on Dec. 26 at La Joya, Mexico, in the state of San Luis Potosi, the website Fusion reported.
"Hello, how you doing? We invite you on Dec. 26 to our daughter's Rubi Ibarra García quinceañera party," he said, listing the local bands scheduled to play at his daughter's 15th birthday.
In Mexican culture, a quinceañera celebration traditionally marks a girl's 15th birthday as a passage into womanhood and to present her to the community, according to the website Learn NC.
"For reasons known only to the Internet, the random video struck a chord with thousands of people and trolls, who shared it on Facebook, created copy-cat events and started to make memes mocking the party as a massive rock concert," Fusion writer Rafa Fernandez De Castro said.
"That reportedly prompted Rubí's dad to ask some Facebook users to remove the spoof events from the internet and clarify that the quinceañera invite was meant only for a select group of friends in La Joya, and not all of Mexico. But that only made matters worse for the girl’s old man," Castro added.
According to the BBC News, Crescencio Ibarra said in a television interview that the party invitation was just meant for locals and felt "sad" that people had started to make fun of the invitation.
He added, though, that the family has gotten used to the idea and will move ahead with the party in a field outside of La Joya, reported the BBC News. Local lawmaker Roberto Alejandro Segovia Hernandez said, according to the BBC News, that police will be deployed to the village just in case a large crowd actually does show up to the party.
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