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Monday, June 14, 2010

Las Mañanitas

As I mentioned last week, we celebrated my husband’s prima’s cumpleaños in a Peruvian Restaurante. When the restaurante’s staff brought out the cake and candles, they played several cumpleaños songs. One of the songs was Las Mañanitas. Las Mañanitas is traditionally a Mexican cumpleaños song that is sung in many other Latin American countries. The verses vary by singer and country but the first two stanza seem to be basically the same. Sofía has been bailando, dancing, to every little tune she hears lately. Here she is dancing to Las Mañanitas in the restaurante.


  1. Hi Elizabeth! Consider this (unrelated) comment a gentle nudge to encourage you to do another post about your daughter's incipient bilingualism soon....I would love to link to you for the next Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism which I'm hosting on July 1!

    If you'd like to participate, please email me by June 29. (You could also just send me the URL for a relevant post that you've written recently.) More information about the Carnival here: http://babybilingual.blogspot.com/2010/06/carnival-deadline-june-29.html.

  2. I was surprised to learn that Croatians have their own version of las mananitas but they associate it as a "sad"song because of the movie Mama Huanita. A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my friends' birthday and we began the mananitas song and the Croatians present asked why are you singing THAT song? we had to explain its significance in the Latin culture.