My Matariki Holiday

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Who doesn’t love a holiday? Or a day off school?

It’s usually pretty awesome. You might have seen here on Kiwi Kids that Jacinda Arden’s Labour government has proposed to make a new public holiday in celebration of Matariki. But there is a whole lot more to this potential public
holiday than just a day off school.

If you don’t know, Matariki is the Maori celebration of the start of the New Year. The name Matariki means the “eyes of god” or “tiny eyes” and refers to a cluster of stars. Although there are different myths about the origins of Matariki, one Maori story is that Ranginui, the father of the sky and Papatūānuku, were separated by their children and Rangunui became so angry he tore his own eyes out and tossed them into the sky; creating Matariki.

The cluster of stars appears in the sky around the last few days of May. It is believed that the brighter the stars are, the more successful the harvested crop will be for the next season. Matariki is traditionally celebrated by gathering with one’s family, reflecting on the past and remembering those who have passed away. Usually, offerings for good crops are made to land-based gods and new trees
were planted to signal new beginnings.

In a statement about making Matariki a holiday, Jacinda Arden said “As New Zealanders we are proud of who we are, what we stand for, and the way we weave together different worlds and cultures to create our unique national identity.”

Do you have any interesting facts about Matariki? Let us know in the comments below

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hiiiiiii
hiiiiiii
1 year ago

that is so cool

lol
lol
1 year ago

I love matariki, don’t you.
🙂

Last edited 1 year ago by lol
Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago

The sound of the Matariki holiday sounds like a great ? time because you get to spend time with friends and family

Lucy
Lucy
1 year ago

matariki is cool we always learn about it at school

Shane
Shane
1 year ago

wow that is is cool

My Mum says no
My Mum says no
1 year ago

Oh ummm Auckland uh like this one

alofa
alofa
1 month ago

Matariki is like spending time with friend and family❤

Last edited 1 month ago by alofa

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