Holiday Music Around the World

We all know that music is an international language. Music can build bridges and promote peace, crossing barriers in ways that other forms of communication cannot. Peace, love, and brotherhood are themes that permeate many winter holidays all over the world. So what better way to learn about the ways people celebrate their holidays than through music?

Below, you’ll find songs from all over the world celebrating all different holidays. Have a listen and let the power of music connect you this holiday season!

Philipines

This Filipino Christmas song goes, “Start a new life at the new year to bring joy to our people/Let’s strive in order to achieve prosperity for us all.” What a great way to start the year!

This Filipino Christmas song goes, “Start a new life at the new year to bring joy to our people/Let’s strive in order to achieve prosperity for us all.” What a great way to start the year!

Nigeria

This Christmas song is in the Yoruba language, which is one of the local languages used in Nigeria and neighboring countries.

Africa & African Diaspora

The first Kwanzaa was celebrated in 1966, so there are not many Kwanzaa songs yet. However, artists come out with new songs about the holiday every year. Who knows, this song could be a Kwanzaa classic in the future!

France

The French narrator of “Petit Papa Noel” sings, “Little Father Christmas, when you descend from the sky with toys by the thousands, please don’t forget my little shoe.”

America & Jewish Diaspora

“Light One Candle” is a song by the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. It is a popular Chanukah song. Peter, Paul, and Mary performed the song in concerts starting in 1982, and it has quickly become a favorite song about the holiday.

Venezuela & Latin America

El Burrito de Belén” (The Little Donkey from Bethlehem) or “El Burrito Sabanero” (The Little Donkey from the Savannah) is a Christmas song from Venezuela, very popular in all Latin America.

Italy

Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin is an Italian Christmas carol and lullaby. It is particularly popular in Corsica. The carol is supposed to be a cradle song of the Virgin Mary.

Germany

Lasst uns froh und munter sein” (“Let us be happy and cheerful”) is a traditional German Christmas carol from the Hunsrück/Taunus region. There are some regional variations in the lyrics.[N 1] The song is traditionally sung on Nicholas Eve(Nikolausabend) on December 5, the evening before the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra, December 6.

Venezuela & Latin America

Twelve days after Christmas comes Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day (also known as Epiphany), during which many Latino communities around the world gather with family to celebrate the arrival of the three kings or magi. The day commemorates the Bible story of the Three Wise Men who traveled to welcome the infant Jesus to the world with gifts of frankincense and myrrh. For families in Spain and in many Spanish-speaking countries, the day is as important as Dec. 25th is for U.S. children.

Did we miss any songs? Tell us your favorites in the comments!

 

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