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Figolli are traditional Easter cookies from Malta. They’re typically made during the Lent season and given to family, friends and little ones on Easter. Figolli are similar to shortbread. They have an almond/marzipan filling and are finished off with colorful icing. Each figolla is [...]
In an earlier entry, I wrote about the history of Labor Day. In case you were wondering, here are some of the countries where demonstrations were held or where Labor Day was in some way honored around the world today (in some cases against the wishes of the government)... Russia Belarus Japan [...]
Carnival took place last Tuesday, and last week I presented different songs for the occasion from around the world. Here’s one that I was sent yesterday, from Malta. It’s a little late, but I really like it! Perlini u prinjolata (Maltese) Perlini u prinjolata matul il-karnival dawn huma [...]
Szarka Peter wrote to us about Easter Monday in Hungary… Soaking Girls in Water The tradition in my area is that you could soak only the girl you danced with during the carnival (open-tide) ball(s) -Soaking the girls in water is a fertility ritual :-) ! The girls return the [...]
In December, Lin wrote from Indonesia about the Hot beverages they drink there in the winter-time… It’s rainy season here, cool and windy weather often comes to visit us. Even 24°C (75F) is considered cool enough here :D December, January and February are perfect times for hot and [...]
Becky Haegele wrote to us on the Mama Lisa Facebook Group asking for help with a tickling rhyme her grandmother would play and recite to her. Here’s her question: Grandmother had a baby rhyme supposedly about cream and a mouse. She would circle her finger in the palm of baby’s hand [...]
Lori wrote asking for help with a song her Norwegian father used to sing to her in English. We’re not sure if the song was originally in English or Norwegian. Here’s her email… I don't know the name of this Norwegian song but it goes something like this: I went to New York [...]
Monique Palomares wrote to me about the Game of Four Corners that’s played in France, Italy and elsewhere. Monique was a primary school teacher and now works with us on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World. The Game of 4 Corners is for children 5 years and up and is [...]
Terenzio wrote asking for help finding a Sicilian folk song from childhood: Ciao Mamalisa Enjoying your site! Might you help me find the lyrics and/or recording of an Italian folk song our Sicilian uncle used to sing us about a dancing goat? Very happy song: “…Tiri catola tiri catola [...]
Written by Emanuela Marsura, a schoolteacher from Italy. Emanuela is interested in reviving the old-time games of childhood. A time when all children would play outside together, regardless of age. A time when most games were played with inexpensive objects that everyone can easily find. Courtyards [...]
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All about Malta, including folklore and music
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A cultural organization that supports culture and artistic expression in the Maltese Islands and actively promotes a greater awareness of the cultures of the Mediterranean.
100 Songs (350 Pages) With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings