Matariki is the day where people celebrate Maori new year. It is a traditional celebration. We also celebrate the 7 stars which we know as the 7 sisters.
There are different stories about Matariki. This story is one of them, it is called the eyes of Ariki. Once upon a time, there was only darkness.There was nothing but night, and in between this darkness, two beginnings - Ariki and his brother - Lay together. Ranginui the Father and Papatuanuku the Mother were sleeping. They had children, and for a time, all was good. But the children started growing. They were restless and fidgety.. The children started arguing. Some felt trapped also some wanted out !!!! . The parents woke up. Someone was separating them. It was Tane Mahuta one of their sons. He was pushing them apart. Until finally……they had been separated and light came in. Ranginui was so sad he cried. Also someone else was sad too, Tawhiri, Ariki of the winds, felt sad for his parents. He started crying. His tears were lightning. He threw his tears to the heavens.They were 7 tears. His tears became 7 stars. And we called these special stars Matariki.
Matariki is found low on the horizon in the north east of the sky. Try looking here between 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 a.m.This is how you can find the 7 stars.
There are lots of ways to celebrate Matariki, you can have kai moana or you can go to Glenn Innes to celebrate. Some people do kapa haka or weave flax. Matariki it is also a time of remembrance plus lots more.
You can do fun activities at Maori New Year like flying spectacular kites, blowing up fireworks or having a feast. Some people celebrate through dance and sing or T rakau with music.