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Matariki: Māori New Year

Matariki is known as the Māori New Year in Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view). The name Matariki means tiny eyes or eyes of god.

Connected with the maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the reappearance of the Matariki stars (also known as the Pleiades, among other things) in the early morning sky brings the past year to a close and marks the beginning of the new year.

Mātauranga Māori (ancestral knowledge and wisdom) is at the heart of Matariki celebrations. It is a time for:

🌟Remembering the past – Honouring those we have lost since the last rising of Matariki.

🌟Celebrating the present – Gathering together to give gratitude for the abundance we have.

🌟Looking to the future – Anticipating and planning for the promise of a new year.

Matariki is about reconnecting with home, whānau (family) and nature. It is a time to come together to remember our roots, harvest and share kai (food), sing songs, dance, tell stories, and play music.

Today is a public holiday in New Zealand to celebrate Matariki. Here are a few ways of many to acknowledge and observe its rising:

🌟Connect with the unity of all living things

🌟Take time to remember loved ones and ancestors who are no longer with you.

🌟Reflect and give thanks for the year that has passed.

🌟Spend time or enjoy a feast with family and friends.

🌟Focus on personal growth and community wellbeing.

🌟Renew and write down your wishes for the year ahead.

🌟Spend time in the garden harvesting and planting.

Happy Matariki @followers 💖🌟🙌


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