Ok, odd question: I know other areas HAVE sweet 16s because of MTVs "my super sweet 16". But...are they common? I just realized I've never seen any of the teens I know in other states talk about or share pictures of sweet 16 parties. Here, they're a huge deal. Most girls (I'd say about half) have very large formal parties at a rented hall. I've even heard quite a few stories of parents taking out loans to fund them (same with weddings, I don't think that's common though). Most high schoolers attend at least a handful of these parties. I've heard people say it's a Long Island thing, but I thought they were just being pretentious...but now I'm wondering, what are 16th birthday parties like elsewhere?