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 1st, 2013
Emanuela Marsura wrote about Italian traditions on All Saints’ Day and the Day of the Dead (festa Santi e Morti) that take place in Italy on November 1st and 2nd. Here’s what she wrote: On All Saints’ Day (November 1st), we go to the Saints’ Mass in the morning. In the afternoon, we have a […]
January 26th, 2011
Calaveras literally means "skulls". Calaveras are poems recited for the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day) in Mexico. They’re satirical poems that poke fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive. Often the people being satirized are politicians and other people in power or in the public eye. […]
November 2nd, 2005
Today is All Souls’ Day. In parts of England it used to be customary, on this day, for children to go from door to door begging for pastries called soul-cakes. Sometimes they were given fruit or coins instead. Just like Halloween and The Day of the Dead, symbolically these were treats put out for the […]
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A Mama Lisa Book
Over 50 songs and rhymes, in French with translations into English. You'll find well-known songs like Frère Jacques, Alouette, and Au claire de la lune, alongside many you may never have heard of. At the end of each item in this book, there's a web address to an online version of the song or rhyme. There we are often able to include sheet music, recordings and videos of performances. We hope this book will help foster a love of French songs and culture all over the world! Order Here!
Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!