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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Pakistan and more.
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 [...]
Lohri is a Bonfire Festival that takes place in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan after the beginning of winter. This year it’s celebrated on January 13th. Lohri commemorates the passing of the Winter Solstice. An important part of the festival is lighting a bonfire. The light is [...]
I received this note a while ago… Hello my Name is Stefanie, I’m from Germany and on Google I was searching for a lullaby in Urdu. Google showed me your website. I’m pregnant in the 14th week and the father is from Pakistan and he also speaks Urdu. That’s why I’m [...]
"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will [...]
I bought a large bag of raw almonds recently. It was a 3 lb. bag for $12. A great deal! My family loves when I roast them. Yum! Delicious and good for you. Here’s my recipe… Recipe for Salted Roasted Almonds Ingredients 2-3 pounds Raw Almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt 1 1/2 Tablespoons [...]
"Sunset" is a beautiful poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It’s a perfect time to read Dunbar’s poems in time for Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. His parents were emancipated slaves. He wrote his first poem at the young age of 6! His [...]
We have finally added the Esperanto language to Mama Lisa’s World with two nursery rhymes with mp3 recordings. Esperanto is the most widely-spoken constructed language in the world. It was created by a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist, Dr. Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917). He published a book [...]
Hazel shared this recipe with us that her Egyptian husband taught her how to make a long time ago. Here’s her letter… Here is the "recipe". It is not very specific because I have never written it down. Sephardic Jews will put up the fava beans on a Friday night [...]
We’d like to thank Jane Wilcox Hively for sharing two lullabies with us with her recordings. One is a version of Dance to Your Daddy from England. The other is an Irish lullaby called The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby. (Click links for songs.) Jane sings a lot of lullabies and plays harp. You [...]
I’m always trying to improve my French. One way is by watching French movies, ideally with French subtitles to help comprehension. Then you’re not always translating in your head by reading subtitles in your own language. Yesterday I discovered that Netflix added subtitles in different [...]
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