January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Year! Here’s a poem for the new year by Laura E. Richards from her book "Five Minute Stories". It was published back in 1895. You can listen to a lovely recording of it being sung by Ezwa and read along with the text below… MP3 of New Year Song New Year Song "New […]
December 12th, 2016
Mama Lisa’s World has an extensive collection of Christmas Carols from Around the World. For each song we provide the original language lyrics, with an English translation. Most have recordings, YouTubes and sheet music. You can also check out our Christmas Carols with French Translations (Chansons de Noël). And Christmas Carols with Spanish Translations (Canciones […]
November 28th, 2016
We came across a Swedish song in English called "Christmastime". We have the English lyrics and tune (see below). Can anyone identify the original Swedish song? Midi Tune of Christmastime Lyrics and score… If you can help with this song, please either comment below or email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa
March 17th, 2016
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Learn some Irish Songs on Mama Lisa’s World! Learn Irish Sayings, Recipes and Poems on Mama Lisa’s Blog. Here’s an Irish blessing to keep you out of trouble today (lol): May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. -Irish Blessing Enjoy! Mama Lisa
February 1st, 2016
Tami wrote to us from Mamou in Louisiana about the Mardi Gras Festival that takes place there every year in February… "I was born and raised in Mamou… The Mardi Gras festival came about as a ‘last day before lent; Catholic time of fasting’, leading up to Easter. Many Catholics in Cajun Country, give up […]
January 12th, 2016
Lohri is a Winter Bonfire Festival that’s celebrated in Punjab, a region of Pakistan and India in January. At night, people sing Punjabi songs and throw popcorn and other offerings on the fire. One aspect of Lohri is the tale of Dulla Bhatti. Bhatti is a Robinhood type figure from the 16th century who robbed […]
December 19th, 2015
Check out these fun, rocking renditions of Christmas carols as performed by Ryan DeRamos. The links below include lyrics, recordings plus additional links to French and Spanish Translations… Jingle Bells O Christmas Tree Hallelujah In dulci jubilo It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Joy to the World We Three Kings of Orient Are Child in […]
December 18th, 2015
Las Posadas is part of the Christmas caroling tradition in Mexico. People go from house to house reenacting Joseph and Mary looking for housing in Bethlehem. After caroling, people have parties with piñatas. Piñatas are made of papier-mâché, tissue paper and sometimes clay inside. They’re filled with candy. People take turns beating the piñata with […]
December 17th, 2015
Las Posadas (The Inns) is a tradition in Mexico that starts on December 16th and continues until December 24th. It’s also celebrated in Guatemala, Colombia and El Salvador. People go singing from house to house, acting out when Joseph and Mary tried to find lodging in Bethlehem and were turned away. They sing the song […]
December 16th, 2015
Mama Lisa’s World Blog has a wonderful, large collection of Christmas poems, recipes, songs, crafts and traditions from around the world. You can see them starting at the most recent. As you scroll to the end of the page, you’ll see a button to access "Earlier Posts". Please feel free to email us with your […]
December 12th, 2015
The Christmas carol "Deck the Hall" originally comes from the Welsh New Year’s Carol called Nos Galan ("New Year’s Eve"). Nos Galan is about spending New Year’s Eve with friends. It’s also about not spending more than you can afford for the holidays! It was first published in 1794, though it’s much older than that, […]
December 11th, 2015
Gatatumba, tumba, tumba is a nice, little Christmas carol in Spanish that’s easy to learn. It’s mostly sung by kids and is usually accompanied by drums, tambourines and bells. You can watch a YouTube rendition below and read along with the Spanish lyrics, followed by an English translation. Gatatumba, tumba, tumba Gatatumba, tumba, tumba, con […]
December 7th, 2015
Weihnachten (Christmas) is one of the most famous German Christmas poems. It was written by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788 – 1857). The poem starts with the mention of a market. The Christmas Market – Weihnachtsmarkt – is a big part of the Christmas season in Germany. It usually opens with the start of Advent. […]
December 6th, 2015
My favorite Hanukkah song is The Dreydl Song! A dreydl is a little top with four sides and a Hebrew letter on each side. The dreydl is played with on Hanukkah. There’s a dreydl game kids play too. Here are the lyrics and a video… The Dreydl Song I have a little dreydl I made […]
December 5th, 2015
In Scandinavia, there’s a beautiful celebration in December called Santa Lucia. The celebration started in part of Sweden in the 18th century. It slowly spread to the rest of the country in the 19th century and to most of Scandinavia in the 20th century. Traditionally, to celebrate Santa Lucia, girls walk in a procession dressed […]
December 4th, 2015
Hanukkah is almost here! Here are links to some songs and latke recipes… Happy Hanukkah! Mama Lisa Image: "Hanukkah Menorah" by 39James – licensed under cc.
December 3rd, 2015
St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in parts of Europe on December 5th – 6th. Many children receive gifts and treats in the shoes they left out the night before. To learn more about St. Nicholas Day, check out these articles we’ve posted… Below you can learn some St. Nicholas Songs and Rhymes… St. Nicholas […]
December 2nd, 2015
"Hallelujah" is a beloved Christmas Carol. It comes from Handel’s Messiah (#44 Hallelujah Chorus), written in English. Here you can enjoy a performance of Hallelujah by the Paris Choral Society and read along with lyrics. Paris Choral Society Flash Mob Sings the Messiah Hallelujah Hallelujah (Lyrics) Hallelujah, hallelujah Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! Hallelujah, hallelujah Hallelujah, hallelujah, […]
December 1st, 2015
It’s December 1st! The Countdown to Christmas begins! Every day from now until Christmas we’ll highlight our favorite Christmas carols, recipes and traditions from around the world. Today, we’d like to point out our new Christmas Carol hub. It features over 150 Christmas Carols, Rhymes and Nativity Plays from around the world. Each piece includes […]
November 18th, 2015
Going door-to-door for treats between Halloween and Christmas-time has been common throughout the West for the past few centuries. These traditions have their roots in Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated from October 31st to November 1st, the halfway point between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. It was a festival that […]
November 13th, 2015
Here are some Thanksgiving Songs and Rhymes we’ve posted in the past…
November 12th, 2015
Thanksgiving is a time consider what we’re thankful for in our lives. It’s also a great time to teach children the art of gratitude. Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude are happier in life. Here’s a Circle Game for Thanksgiving that’s all about gratitude. It’s sung to the tune of "The Farmer in […]
November 10th, 2015
Since the "Happy Birthday to You" song has recently gone out of copyright, we’ve enhanced our collection of Birthday Songs around the World! There are however two birthday songs that we know of that are widely sung and that are still under copyright. One is a Portuguese Birthday Song called "Parabéns a você" (Congratulations). It […]
September 24th, 2015
The Happy Birthday to You song was taken out of copyright on Tuesday! This is particularly great because people all over the world sing the song in both English and their own languages. When I studied in France, the couple I lived with sang the Happy Birthday song in English at birthday celebrations. I asked […]
September 23rd, 2015
Finally we can all sing the Happy Birthday to You song publicly for free! The tune has been in the public domain for a long time but a copyright was claimed on the lyrics by the music publishing company, Warner/Chappell. On Tuesday, a Federal Judge ruled that the company does not have a valid copyright […]
April 12th, 2015
Did you know that Japanese people do a circle dance to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw"? The version of the tune they dance to is a little slower and they call it the "Oklahoma Mixer"! Sadao Mazuka wrote to us about it from Japan: "In the description on Wikipedia, they say: ‘A slower […]
April 7th, 2015
May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan! Carp shaped windsocks are flown to celebrate the day. Crafts include origami (おりがみ) of carp streamers (こいのぼり) and samurai helmets (かぶと). Here’s a video showing how to make an origami carp windsock… Here’s a video showing how to make a samurai helmet. (If you make it larger and […]
February 16th, 2015
In Turkey and Turkmenistan, children go door-to-door for Ramadan singing and asking for a gift (like candy or coins). "As the holy month of Ramadan gets under way, children in Turkmenistan are taking part in one of the local customs associated with the holiday: visiting their neighbors and asking for gifts as they sing a […]
January 1st, 2015
People in Japan ring temple bells for the New Year and they watch the sunrise. Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about these traditions: On New Year’s Eve, many Japanese people go to their local temple and wait for their turn to ring the big bell (one time per person). It is called 除夜の鐘, Joyanokane, “The […]
December 19th, 2014
Check out Celebrating Christmas Musical Traditions Around the World to learn about different holiday traditions. You can take a virtual holiday trip to Mexico, South Korea, Norway, Australia and Nigeria. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep Beautiful Child) Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down […]
December 9th, 2014
Ayako wrote to me about two popular Christmas songs from the Philippines that she learnt recently. Here’s her letter: Hi, Lisa I learned these Christmas songs from my English teacher. She is from the Philippines. She told me that about 80% of Filipinos are Catholic and go to church about for 2 weeks ahead of […]
October 29th, 2014
The creepy Hearse Song (The Worms Crawl In) is very popular at Halloween time. There are many versions. Here’s one with a recording. You can find more Halloween Songs on Mama Lisa’s World. Enjoy! Mama Lisa Image: Thanks to Gracie Gralike for the great drawing!
October 15th, 2014
"Pumpkin, Pumpkin" is a cute little song that’s sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". It’s perfect for October and Halloween. You can watch the video below and read along with the lyrics. Pumpkin, Pumpkin 1. Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground 2. How’d you get so big and round? 3. Once you were […]
July 2nd, 2014
The Star Festival is held in Japan in July. It’s called Tanabata. Tanabata means "evening of the seventh"… it takes place at night on July 7th every year. Ayako Egawa wrote about it from Japan: "Tanabata is the Star Festival held on July 7th. It originated in China. We hang pretty fancy origami paper on […]
May 8th, 2014
Mother’s Day is celebrated in May in many countries. One great way to express love to a mom is through a song or poem. We have many Mother’s Day poems and songs from around the world on Mama Lisa’s World. Here are some songs and poems for Mother’s Day: Happy Mother’s Day! -Mama Lisa Image: […]
March 26th, 2014
We have many versions of The Hearse Song on Mama Lisa’s World. You can find one version here with a recording and a lot of other versions here. I recently received yet another one, which has an interesting backstory. Here’s the email I received from Ananda Patterson: This version is from my grandfather, who was […]
December 23rd, 2013
Emanuela wrote from Italy about St. Nicholas of Bari… "We celebrate St. Nicholas of Bari on December 6th. Our St. Nicholas is the Nicholas who is celebrated in northern Europe. St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra (now part of Turkey), but now his body is in Bari, Italy. European immigrants brought this character to […]
December 6th, 2013
Happy St. Nicolas’ Day! Here’s a link to info about the legend of St. Nick. Here’s a link to a Dutch St. Nick song with a recording:
December 3rd, 2013
Check out Mama Lisa’s World’s New Christmas Carol App for $1.99! Featuring… -75 Beloved Carols from Around the World. -Each carol includes lyrics in the original language, with an English translation. -Each includes recordings, some by professional musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help preserve their culture. Here’s […]
August 9th, 2013
Here’s a cute little song called Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words (I love you) about love and marriage. The song was written by Bert Kalmar (1884-1947), music by Ted Snyder (1881-1965). Below you can listen to an mp3 recording and read along with the lyrics… MP3 of Eight Little Letters Make Three Little […]
March 16th, 2013
The Ninepenny Fidil (Fiddle) is a song about playing a fiddle and about meeting a leprechaun. The song was written by Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil and arranged by Herbert Hughes to old Irish melody. Below you can listen to a video of the song, followed by the lyrics. The Ninepenny Fidil My father and mother were […]
February 27th, 2013
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 Shoemaker […]
February 8th, 2013
Shirley Stump shared this Chinese New Year Song with the note: "Happy Chinese New Year for the 10th of February, this song is very popular in China. It has a very catchy chorus that I sing at my music classes for preschool children. The chorus is: Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Ni Ya, Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Ni." […]
February 5th, 2013
Laba is a Chinese festival that has traditionally started off the Chinese New Year preparations. It’s on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. Agnes wrote about it from China: "We eat Laba Rice Porridge and Laba Garlic for the Laba Festival. Laba Porridge is made of mixed grains and corns, like peanuts, chestnuts, […]
January 31st, 2013
Jacquelyn Sherst sent me the following song and note: "This is a song developed from a school in the USA. I am unsure of which state, but I heard it when I was very young an loved it." Faces Faces Funny Faces Faces, faces, funny faces You make such a funny sight! Pumpkins glowing in […]
December 1st, 2012
This Christmas song was sent to us from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It’s sung throughout the Portuguese speaking world. The carol starts with a child leaving his shoe on the windowsill outside. In Portugal, children do this for the Epiphany (the day that celebrates the Three Kings’ visit to Jesus). Children leave straw […]
October 28th, 2012
Here’s a video of the song Dem Bones for Halloween. It’s a longer version to actually teach kids about dem bones… Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones… Enjoy dem bones! Mama Lisa
July 9th, 2012
In the past we’ve posted many versions of The Hearse Song that our readers have sent in. Recently we received two versions that somewhat differ from the others. They were sent by Richard Smith. Here they are: My mother taught me this approximately 1954… Did you ever think when a hearse went by That […]
May 9th, 2012
Here’s a video of a Mother’s Day Song in Spanish. It’s called "Mamá te quiero mucho" – I Love You Mommy. You can find the lyrics and translation here. Thanks to Sara Quintanar (the author and singer of this song) for sharing this video with us! Happy Mother’s Day! Mama Lisa
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