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What is Matariki?
Matariki is a special celebration for the Maori people. They celebrate Matariki and we celebrate new year. This celebration is about the seven stars coming together as one. Matariki is one of the names for the seven stars in the sky.
Matariki has two meanings. Mata Riki means tiny eyes, and Mata Ariki means eyes of God. Matariki is most likely celebrated in museums. Matariki symbolises the coming of the Maori new year. People have lots of myths to explain Matariki. During Matariki quests were showered with gifts and great banquets were held in celebration of the new year.
Some say that when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother were separated by their offspring, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became angry, tearing out his eyes and hurling them into the heavens to comfort the sky father. The names of the seven stars are Waiti,Waita,Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waipuna-a-rangi, Ururangi, Matariki. The eyes are thought to watch over the land and its people. Matariki (Pleiades) is also the Māori name for a small but distinctive star cluster that drops below the horizon in April and reappears in June.
Matariki was a time to prepare for the year ahead, a time to learn and a time to celebrate the future . On 22 June the Matariki star cluster rises into our skies signalling the beginning of a month of celebration and entertainment, which brings a modern take to ancient Māori tradition. Maori people celebrate Matariki because it is part of their culture and because it is the beginning of a new life and year.
Matariki has been celebrated by Maori people for many years. This is the year to remember those to us the people who were learners yesterday and were leaders today. People who had past away many years ago will still be remember till end.