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Celebrating Matariki 2016

Matariki is officially celebrated on 6 June 2016.

Matariki begins to rise in the last few days of May, and this symbolises the coming of the Maori New Year.

In years gone by, Matariki was thought to determine your crop for the coming season, and therefore it was important to recognise the part it played in nature’s cycle. The disappearance of Matariki in Autumn, signaled the time to gather and preserve crops.
Nowadays, Matariki is seen as an important time to celebrate the earth, and show respect for the land on which we live.
Traditionally Matariki was celebrated by gathering with whanau (family) and reflecting on the past. The festival’s connection to the stars provided an opportunity for families to remember their whakapapa (genealogy) and those ancestors who had passed away to the heavens. Many of these traditional celebrations are still practiced today, however there are many others ways that Matariki is celebrated also. Most celebrations focus around music, song, dance, food and family, and celebrations can last up to 3 days.
For more information on events happening throughout the country to celebrate Matariki go to http://www.newzealand.com/int/event/matariki/

 matariki rising