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1.2 million people accept birthday party invitation






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A father in Mexico was surprised when he put an invitation to his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday party on Facebook. He thought it was for his family, friends and neighbours, but the post went viral. Over 1.2 million people accepted his invitation. Crescencio Ibarra said he would not turn away anyone who came to the party. Mr Ibarra said in a TV interview that he had no idea why his post became so popular. He said: "We wanted to invite the people from the area, that's all." So many people might attend the party that there will also be a lot of police there.

A 15th birthday is an important event in a girl's life in Mexico. It is the time when she comes of age. The girl has a traditional party called a quinceañera. The party usually has lots of guests and the girl wears a beautiful dress, a tiara and make-up. At Rubi's party, three different bands will play music. There will be a horse race. The winner will get $490. There are many memes (joke pictures) of Mr Ibarra's post on social media. Rubi's favourite shows Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreeing to let Mexican migrants in the USA return to Mexico for her party.

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