Matariki starts in New Zealand

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This week is known as Matariki and marks the beginning of the Maori New Year.
Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, which is taken as the beginning of the Maori new year.
We have put together a page especially for Matariki – CLICK HERE for cool resources and videos
Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life. In the 21st century, observing Matariki has become popular again. Heaven-bound kites, hot-air balloons and fireworks help mark the occasion.

31 Responses

  1. I think matariki is a good sign about maori new year. And the rembering of the dead in the heavens

  2. matariki sounds like a great thing of stars from the dead it also sounds like it good to celebrate a new year for the mario friends to have a great time over there for a new year.

  3. I think this is cool because stars are my favorite things

  4. Well Lucy, since my parents are rich, I have a huge telescope of my own and have a bedroom at the top of my house that has a see-through roof and can see Matariki. And I go to a good school so I know TONS about Matariki.

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