Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Matariki...

We are learning about different celebrations around the world.  This week we are learning about Matariki, another New Years celebration.  Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year. It takes its name from the seven star constellation which reappears over the horizon during the Winter Solstice (usually late May or June). In Western astronomy this constellation is called The Pleiades. 

As well as marking the start of a new year, Matariki also signals other new beginnings.

We read the book "Matariki" by Waitangi Teepa and found out how people celebrate Matariki.  We also watched a couple of the many clips on YouTube portraying the different stories about Matariki.

This one tells the story of the Seven Stars of Matariki...


This one tells the Māori legend of how the seven stars of Matariki came to be...



Traditionally, Matariki was the time to plant trees, prepare the land for planting crops and renew associations with whānau. The New Year is also a good time to reflect on your place in the world, to re-awaken old skills or try out new ones, and to set new goals. Matariki is a time for making things.  It is a time to gather with friends and family and share kai (food).  
This video suggests some ways you could celebrate Matariki too...

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