Tuesday, 4 July 2017


Matariki is the new year for the maori people, matariki is also known as the 7 sister and the mother surrounding there six. Matariki is invisible until the next June. In English people call matariki pleiades.
During Matariki Maori people celebrate the Maori new years, maori dance with their friend and family when matariki When Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children the god of wind, Tāwhirimātea, became angry, tearing out his eyes and hurling them into the heavens.

Matariki has two meanings, both of which refer to the cluster of stars. Mata Riki means Tiny Eyes, and Mata Ariki means Eyes of God.
Some people celebrate new years when the new moon rises and other people celebrate new year after the new moon. In Samoa it’s called matali’e.

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