February 22nd, 2016
The tropanka is a folk dance from the Dobruja region of Bulgaria. In Bulgarian, it’s spelled Тропанка. It’s traditionally danced as a line dance in the shape of an arc. The dancers generally hold hands throughout the dance. There are many regional variations to it. You can listen to the Tropanka Tune here and watch […]
November 19th, 2011
Roger wrote asking for help. Here’s what he emailed us: Dear Lisa, I am trying to find information about a song which I believe to be Bulgarian. I starts: Todora todorke vecheya la lisi… Obviously I’m not sure about spelling. Do you know it? Thanks for any info, Roger If anyone can help with the […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
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, […]
February 20th, 2008
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross buns… Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, one ha’ […]
January 24th, 2007
Larraine wrote to me looking for Scouting Campfire Songs from around the world. Here’s what she wrote, followed by my response with some suggested songs and sites to go to for help: Dear Mama Lisa, It has been suggested that I contact you with my request. I am the sketch producer of “The Live Wyre […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
A Mama Lisa Book
At Mama Lisa's World we love international culture - and we REALLY love cookies! So what could be better than combining the two?
In Cookies Around The World we present a selection of delicious cookie recipes from a diverse collection of countries.
Each includes photographs of the stages of preparation and most include commentary about the role the cookies play in their cultures.
-Pebernodders from Germany
-Kourabiedes from Greece
-Kastengels from Indonesia
-Fave dei morti from Italy
-Polvorones de almendra from Mexico
And many more!
We believe it's important to encourage kids to learn about other cultures. These cookie recipes are a great tool for parents and teachers to do so!
Have fun baking and even more fun eating!
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