March 25th, 2016
Nowruz (نوروز meaning "new day") is the Persian New Year. It starts on the vernal equinox, the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere. One traditional aspect of Nowruz is called Haft-Seen (هفتسین the seven seens). It’s a tabletop array of seven items that are displayed for the holiday. The seven items displayed are: 1. […]
January 16th, 2016
What are the "Four Gentlemen"? From old China, "The Four Gentlemen" is a term used to refer to four specific subjects (orchid, bamboo, plum blossom, chrysanthemum) which are traditionally some of the first subjects the student of Chinese ink brush painting learns. Each subject focuses on a different brush technique and lays down the brushstroke […]
April 10th, 2015
"Spring Song of the Swallow" is a lovely poem celebrating the joy of Spring. You can hear the poem sung in the recording below and read along with the text. MP3 Recording of Spring Song of the Swallow Spring Song of the Swallow by Marietta Holley Oh, the days are growing longer; So rang the […]
June 11th, 2014
Sadao Mazuka sent us this article about the rainy season of June in Japan… June is a rainy season here in Japan. The English word “June” gives us a feeling of bright and refreshing air, especially with a word such as, “June-Bride”. But in Japanese, it’s “6月(Rokugatsu = June)”. It makes us think of a […]
April 29th, 2014
Monique wrote from France, "I just caught the end of the Spanish news on T.V. The lady presenting the weather forecast said a proverb about April: ‘Buenos amigos y buenos abriles, uno entre miles.’ Meaning, ‘Good friends and good Aprils, one out of thousands.’" Thanks for sharing the proverb and your photo Monique! -Mama Lisa […]
April 25th, 2012
Today, April 25th, is Saint Mark’s Day. The end of April and the beginning of May is thought to be colder than the time around it. Due to 4 Saints Days that take place at this time, including St. Mark’s, this period is called The Four Horsemen of the Cold in France… the four horsemen […]
March 22nd, 2012
Here’s the poem called Spring by Dante Gabriel Rossetti with an MP3 recording. MP3 Recording of Spring by Rossetti Spring Soft-littered is the new-year’s lambing fold, And in the hollowed haystack at its side The shepherd lies o’ night now, wakeful-eyed At the ewes’ travailing call through the dark cold. The young rooks cheep ‘mid […]
March 21st, 2012
Here’s the poem Early Spring by Fay Inchfawn with an mp3 recording… MP3 Recording of Early Spring Early Spring Quick through the gates of Fairyland The South Wind forced his way. ‘Twas his to make the Earth forget Her grief of yesterday. "’Tis mine," cried he, "to bring her joy!" And on his lightsome feet […]
March 20th, 2012
Jeremy Shatan wrote from New York: "It’s the vernal equinox, the first day of spring. Around this time of the year, my mom would always say: ‘Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, the boid is on the wing.’ Yes, just like that." This saying is all in "New Yorkese", a New York accent. It […]
April 17th, 2011
Yay! The Spring is here! Check out Lila and Sarina’s chalk art… Girl and Puppy Cats Puppies Dogs Rule!
April 9th, 2010
It’s cherry blossom season. Here’s a poem called "Loveliest of Trees" by A. E. Housman (1859 – 1936). The poem is about cherry blossoms, the quickness of life, and how now is the time to appreciate what’s around you. "Loveliest of Trees" LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, […]
April 2nd, 2010
Monique Palomares, who works with me on the French version of Mama Lisa’s World, wrote the following post about Carnival in Occitania, a region of southern France. Monique speaks Occitan, the language of the troubadours, and has shared many songs in Occitan on Mama Lisa’s World. Carnival in Southern France Carnival in Southern France Carnival […]
Angela Sterling from Lingotot wrote: Found a really cute little French song, perfect for springtime! Les oiseaux tiroulirouli Les oiseaux tiroulirouli Les oiseaux font leurs nids dans les branches Les poissons (pop, pop, pop) Les poissons (pop, pop, pop) Les poissons nagent au fond de l’eau oh, oh oh Here’s an English translation I came […]
March 15th, 2010
We don’t have many buds on our trees here in New York yet. It’s just rain, rain, rain. So I found these photos from Japan by Ayako Egawa particularly uplifting this week. Japanese apricot flowers, Ume. Crocuses Ayako wrote, “Mimosa is in full bloom around here.” Ayako wrote, “I totally agree that these little flowers […]
March 6th, 2010
Monique Palomares works with me on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World. She sent me some proverbs about March from different European countries in response to a post I did about Italian Proverbs about March. Here’s what Monique wrote… Here are some proverbs in Occitan, Catalan, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German about […]
March 4th, 2010
Joanne L. Ladd shared her feelings about Daylight Savings Time: On Sunday March 14 we will go into Daylight Saving Time… the second Sunday of March we will set our clocks ahead 1 hour (spring forward) we will go from EST (Eastern Standard Time) to EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) to me…that will be the real […]
March 2nd, 2010
Yesterday, I was talking with a lady, whose parents are from Italy, about how happy I am that it’s finally March. She said, “Why?” I said because February is finally over. She said, “Marzo è pazzo”. It’s an Italian saying meaning “March is crazy”… you can never depend on March weather. This same saying can […]
May 20th, 2009
Rebeca Garcia Mendoza wrote Hi! I’m a Spanish girl who is preparing resources to teach English to Spanish children. I’m looking for rhymes about seasons and I have a problem. I cannot find a short one of Spring. If anybody knows one, please, tell me! Thanks. If anyone can help out Rebeca, please let us […]
April 7th, 2009
When the Cherry Blossoms bloom in Japan it’s traditional to go to the park to view the blossoms and have a picnic. Cherry Blossom viewing is called called Hanami. Ayako Egawa generously shared her photos of this years cherry blossom viewing. Ayako wrote, "We walked under the flow of cherry blossoms in the park. It […]
April 1st, 2009
Here’s an old poem about April by William Watson (1858 – 1936), an English poet… Song APRIL, April, Laugh thy girlish laughter; Then, the moment after, Weep thy girlish tears! April, that mine ears Like a lover greetest, If I tell thee, sweetest, All my hopes and fears, April, April, Laugh thy golden laughter, But, […]
March 27th, 2009
It’s amazing that people over 5000 years ago knew enough about astronomy and the seasons to create a cave and have specific chambers within it be lit up by the sun only on specific days of the year… specifically on the solstices and equinoxes. I’m talking about the Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns in Ireland. Michael […]
August 20th, 2008
People often write me looking for songs about the four seasons, from around the world. Here are some! The links below take you to the different pages on Mama Lisa’s World of International Childrens Songs. There, you’ll find the lyrics in the original languages, with English translations. Songs about Winter Yuki (Snow) – Japanese A, […]
April 29th, 2008
Guest blogger Ed Gawlinski sent me this short post about celebrations in May… On May 5th a lot of people in the United States are going to have tacos or burritos for lunch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. On May 5th of 1862 Troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halted a French invasion of Mexico in […]
February 23rd, 2008
As Easter approaches, it’s natural to think a little about eggs! In days gone by the egg, due to its shape, was a symbol of the earth. Thanks to its obvious association with the beginning of life, it has also been the basis of many ancient creation stories. It has been a symbol of fertility, […]
April 15th, 2007
Here’s a nice Peruvian children’s song about the Spring in Spanish followed by an English translation… La primavera La primavera Cantan, cantan por los campos, Primavera llega ya. Por los campos viene riendo jaja Riendo jajajaja Primavera Los campos florecen Las aves aparecen Sale el sol Todo es amor Llegó la primavera Vestida de flores […]
March 22nd, 2007
Here’s a poem from an anonymous author of an old book called The Infant’s Delight: Poetry. It’s about a little girl who goes out on a windy day in March with her beautiful new parasol, even though her mother tells her not to. Uh-oh! (A parasol is a fancy umbrella, carried to block the sun.) […]
March 21st, 2007
Now that Spring is here – we can all smile – and start bad-mouthing Winter! Here’s a poem about banishing Winter, called Winter, You’re Just a Brute! Well, that’s my translation of it. It’s originally French. The title in French is Hiver, vous n’êtes qu’un vilain ! It was written by Charles d’Orléans (1394-1465). Below […]
October 29th, 2006
Kimberly sent me this recipe below. It sounds great for Halloween or an outdoors spring or summer party. Worms in Dirt Recipe Make a package of chocolate pudding and put store bought candied worms in it. Let it set. Then sprinkle crushed chocolate Oreo crumbs on top. Kids will love worms in dirt. Even though […]
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