Jump Rope Rhyme
Guy Fawkes Night Rhyme
Clapping Game for Babies
New Year's Song
Finger Naming Rhyme
Hand Clapping Song
May Day Carol
(Waters of Tyne)
(In Sweet Rejoicing)
(Summer Has Come)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of England and more.
First-foot is a tradition in Great Britainwhere the first person who enters a person’s house (the “first-foot”)in the New Year willbring good or bad luck. Rosetta Ceesay wrote, “New year in Northern Ireland it’s still seen as bad luck if your first visitor in the new [...]
Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated in England every year on November 5th. It’s also known as Bonfire Night and Fireworks Night. It commemorates the thwarted attempt in 1605, known as the Gunpowder Plot, to assassinate King James I and destroy the Houses of Parliament. Guy Fawkes was [...]
The expression "to tie the knot" means "to get married". There are several places where tied knots have been connected to marriage and love. During Roman times, brides wore a belt or girdle at their wedding tied in a Hercules Knot. Only the groom was allowed to untie [...]
Have you ever wondered what is the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain? This video explains it, plus a whole lot more! Enjoy! Mama Lisa [...]
Booktrust did a survey of over 2,500 people in the UK to determine the top nursery rhymes. Here they are with links to their lyrics (most of the links have mp3’s or videos too): 1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2. Incey Wincey Spider 3. Round And Round The Garden 4. Baa Baa Black Sheep 5. [...]
Here’s an Irish Blessing just in time for St. Patrick’s Day... Irish Blessing May your pockets be heavy And your heart be light. May good luck pursue you Each morning and night. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! -Mama Lisa [...]
Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker was written by Irish poet William Allingham (1824 – 1889). Leprechauns are known to be shoemakers. At the end of the work day, they hide away the money they earned in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy [...]
There are many variations in different languages of "mother" and "father". These are formal words that people use when referring to their parents. But most words used to address our parents directly are less formal. In the US, most people don’t say [...]
Towards the end of WWI two cousins, young girls, took photos with fairies they said they had met. Later they admitted they faked the photos. Yet many people at the time believed they were real, including the author of the Sherlock Holmes stores, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! The fairies [...]
I asked people informally how they tip for services for the holidays at the end of the year. Answers varied. So don’t feel like you have to go by a chart! Part of the answer had to do with a person’s economic condition. So people receiving tips should keep this [...]
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Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
Christmas Carols Around The World is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately.
$3.99 Order Here!