Mother’s Day is a big deal in Mexico! Unlike elsewhere, it is always celebrated on May 10, regardless of which day of the week that falls on. It is traditional to get mother roses, chocolates perhaps, and, whenever possible…a beautiful song by a mariachi band. In fact, if you are in Vallarta right now you might even have found yourself waking up to one this morning!
This 2012 piece by NPR tells more about the tradition, which does, indeed, carry over to the US:
it goes back before there was an official Mother’s Day, actually, you know, mariachi music – gee – and ever since we know that there was mariachi music, back in the 1850s, at least, they played serenades. They played for parties. They played for special things called Mananitas, which means, literally, early in the morning. And it had to do with a serenade, so they go serenade people’s loved ones, and mothers in particular.
This song, “Las Mañanitas”, is THE standard for Dia de las Madres. Enjoy!
Las Mañanitas Lyrics:
Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, mi bien*, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.
Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.
This is the morning song that King David sang
Because today is your saint’s day we’re singing it for you
Wake up, my dear*, wake up, look it is already dawn
The birds are already singing and the moon has set
How lovely is the morning in which I come to greet you
We all came with joy and pleasure to congratulate you
The morning is coming now, the sun is giving us its light
Get up in the morning, look it is already dawn
* Often replaced with the name of the person who is being celebrated