Wednesday, 28 June 2017

🌟🌟🌟 The Return Of Matariki! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

We are currently learning about Matariki and how it is special to New Zealand.

Matariki is a celebration or an event that is celebrated during the winter solstice (Southern Hemisphere only). Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' or 'little eyes.' When the new moon rises, it is a signal to a new year; the Maori New Year.

The seven stars of Matariki (a.k.a seven sisters) shine brighter and are more substantial than all the other stars in the sky at night. On Matariki day, people grow new crops, or replace the ones that they have already planted.

Some celebrations last up to at least three days or less, possibly more. Many people around New Zealand fly kites, light fireworks, perform kapa hakas and special dances at festivals. Matariki is really an event to be remembered and be carried on in the future.

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