Xmas Songs in Spanish


In Spanish carols are know as “villancicos”

Los Peces en El Rio= The Fish in the River

Va a nevar= It’s gonna snow (Let it snow Spanish Version)


El Niño Tamborilero = Little Drumer Boy


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Mexican Holiday : Jan 6= Dia de Reyes


January 6, = El Dia De Reyes (Or kings day) for  the Hispanic world is the  celebration of the Epiphany. That is remembering the day when the Three Wise Men following the star to Bethlehem, arrived bearing their treasured gifts  for the Baby Jesus.

Because Santa is more of an Anglo custom &  due to the predominance of Catholicism in the culture receiving presents during the holidays is a  bit diffrent in for kids of the Hispanic world. Children write their letters to the Wise Men instead of to Santa. During the holiday celebration  families visit  the Alameda, in Mexico City, a beautiful park that dates back to the Colonial era. There, every year, hundreds of stands are placed with food, toys and best of all, there are sets, &  kids  have their picture taken with the Three Kings of the Orient.

Here balloons, filled with helium, are also popular as a way for the little ones to attach their letters to them, and have them fly, up to the sky, carrying all their wishes with them.  On the night of the 5th, the figurines of the Three Wise Men are added to the nativity scene. Before going to bed the children place their old shoes under their bed or in the living room, where the Wise Men will leave them their presents.  Some also place outside the house, some hay and a bucket with water for the animals, and even some cookies and milk for Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar. Adults on the other hand prepare for the Merienda de Reyes, an early evening dinner that friends and families share to celebrate the Epiphany. Tamales & hot chocolate or champurrado are traditionally served.

ROSCA DE REYES is a traditional bread/pastry that is served during the celebration. It is an oval shaped & decorated with colorful dried fruit & powdered sugar. There is a tradition: A baby figurine is hidden in the rosca. Every year competitions and attempts at world record roscas take place  in cities & towns that celebrate Dia de Reyes

Whoever gets the baby figurine shall be the host, and invite everyone present to a new celebration on February 2, Candelaria or Candle mass day, and he also shall get a new Ropón or dress for the Baby Jesus of the Nativity scene.

The Mexican Christmas season is joyously extended up to February 2 ! – when the nativity scene is put away, and another family dinner of delicious tamales and hot chocolate  is served with great love and happiness.

Mexico’s April Fools day in December


In Mexico Dec 28 is “Dia de los Santos Inocentes”=Day of the Innocent Saints. On this day the Catholic church remembers the child saints mentioned in the bible who were killed in Bethlehem during Herod’s killing of children in order to prevent  Jesus Christ from becoming King.

In the middle ages there was also  people who celebrated a pagan holiday “Feast of Fools” along the way both merged & in order to celebrate innocence of the children who soul’s where called to heaven & Herod’s foolishness in his thinking he had prevented Christ’s reign people celebrate “Dia de los Innocentes” in a manner very similar to April Fools.

On this day news papers print  funny fake news, friends play pranks on each other, such as the placing of a little white paper doll indicating the “innocence” of the person marked.  Another  very popular way to joke on this day  is the “borrowing trick.”  If you lend something to someone everyone knows that on this day it is fair game to play finders keepers.  Of course if  it’s an items the person really needs or if the person is unwilling to play along in order to avoid any altercations items are given back.  However ,for those willing to play along if you lend an item,  you forfit it . In exchange the prankster gives a basket of candies with the following note: “Inocente palomita que te dejaste engañar, sabiendo que en este día nada se debe prestar. ” = Innocent little dove you have let yourself  be deceived, knowing that on this day lending is not advised.

*Dia de Los Inocentes is not only just a Mexican holiday it’s celebrated through out the world in various Hispanic/Catholic cultures.

Chido Holiday Wishes


Les deseo la Navidad mas felicez del mundo y un año super prospero a todos!  I wish  everyone a very merry Christmas & a prospurous new year! May the rest of your ’09 and all of your 2010 be MEGA SUPER CHIDO! Ok I know everyone must be gearing up to party & get your merry on, but b4 I let u go I want to leave you guys with one more villancico. This one brings a bunch of memories back, because I sang it during my kindergarten holiday concert back when I was a kid  =)

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog u guys rock!

Mexico gets early Xmas present: Guinness Record for World’s Largest XMasTree


Mexico beat the previous record held by Brasil with their tree by 24 cm

HEIGHT: 112 Meters

Diameter: 35 meters

WEIGHT: 330 Tons

The tree lighting ceremony took place on DEC 5th

The next Video : The video talks about  the tree’s construction, and the preparation of the worlds biggest ice skating rink being set up for the 3rd year in a row  in the  famous town square “El Zocalo” in Mexico City. There will be two skating areas 1 for kids and 1 for adults. The reporter points out some wood as she explains that slides will be built for the children to play on. Through out the holidays, parades ,Posadas( precessions where the journey of Mary & Joseph looking shelter are renacted.) & Contests are planned among other forms of entertainment. This year the city is planning a celebration to top all others. She goes on to explain that special bleachers have been installed for those who wish to be spectators instead of spectacles on the ice lol

Cool video someone uploaded on YouTube , of them driving downtown on “El Paseo de la Reforma” = “Reform Promenade” * famous street in Mexico city.  The tree was in the midst of instruction &  visible on the road.  As he drives on, he then zooms in on the  famous land mark ” El Angel de la Indepencia” =  The  Angel of Independance .   Next the town square “El Zocalo” in the afternoon. *The 1st  tv screens he closes up on are children’s drawings of  the Mexican Revolution. Then another one that counts down the days till Mexico’s Bicentennial, 290 days it said.  Next a photo he took of a mall’s Xmas tree. Finally  their house’s Xmas  lights. =)

picture sources:

informador.com.mx

terra.com.mx

Xmas Songs in Spanish


In  Spanish carols are called “villancicos”(vee- yahn see- kohs). Today’s  villancico is : “Mi Burrito Sabanero” = My little savanna donkey. The song speaks of a little boy  from the countryside who is on his way along with his  helper & companion, his donkey to visit baby Jesus. This song was actually written by Venezuelan composer Hugo Blanco. It  became  a hit & is still a Christmas  favorite in many Spanish speaking countries including Mexico. This villancico was popularized by famous acts such as : by  Topo Gigio in Mexico (* Topo Gigio was originally an italian show base on a little mouse puppet . The version in Spanish  blew up big in Mexico) Throughout Latin America the villancico was popularized by Venezuelan children’s singing group “‘La Rondallita'”

LYRICS TRANSLATION

With my my little Savannah donkey  I’m on my to Bethlehem.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

A little bright morning star is my guide & illuminates my path.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

With my cuatrico (four stringed guitar) I ‘m singing as  my donkey goes trotting along. x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki ta!

Hurry my little donkey for we are almost there.

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tu!

Hurry my little donkey we are going to see Jesus.

With my my little Savannah donkey  I’m on my to Bethlehem.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

A little bright morning star is my guide & illuminates my path.  x2

With my cuatrico (four stringed guitar) I ‘m singing as  my donkey goes trotting along. x2

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki ta!

Hurry my little donkey for we are almost there.

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tu!

Hurry my little donkey we are going to see Jesus.

With my my little Savannah donkey  I’m on my to Bethlehem.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. Repeats untill end.