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, 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, […]
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 […]
January 1st, 2012
At the End of the Feast is an "End of Christmas" Carol from England lamenting the end of holiday festivities. I find it to be humorous! This song is also called A Carol for the 12th Day and was first printed in New Christmas Carols in 1642. It can also be found in Notes and […]
January 1st, 2011
I found this little Welsh New Years Day song in British Goblins, Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1880) by Wirt Sikes… "A Welsh song sung on New Year’s Day, in Glamorganshire, by boys in chorus, somewhat after the Christmas carol fashion, is this:" Blwyddyn newydd dda i chwi, Gwyliau llawen i chwi, Meistr […]
December 2nd, 2009
In the 1930’s, the US government did a series of interviews with former slaves. Project Gutenberg, just posted some of the interviews from Texas from 1936-1938. They’re called Slave Narratives. Wes Brady I pulled out some excerpts that revolved around songs that some of the former slaves remembered singing. Some were kids songs, some […]
December 28th, 2007
New Years is almost here. I found a rhyme that used to be sung on the Isle of Man. Isle of Man is an island that’s located between Great Britain and Ireland in the Irish Sea. It’s a British crown dependency, but it’s not a part of the UK or the European Union. The rhyme […]
November 14th, 2007
Amanda wrote: I am an elementary music teacher, and my first graders are doing a show about holiday traditions from around the world. I was wondering if you knew of any EASY songs I could have them sing for the new year celebrations… Thank you, Amanda Tafel If anyone can help out Amanda, please comment […]
December 31st, 2005
I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing By I saw three ships come sailing by, Come sailing by, come sailing by. I saw three ships come sailing by, On New Year’s Day in the morning. And what do you think was in them then? Was in them then, was in them then? And what do you […]
December 26th, 2005
Auld Lang Syne is the most popular New Year’s Eve song in the English speaking world and elsewhere. Guy Lombardo began the tradition of ringing in the new year with the tune in 1929. He and his band played it on the radio and then counted down till midnight. Every year from then till 1976 […]
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