No menu items!
14.8 C
Salamanca
domingo, septiembre 20, 2020

Matariki: New Year’s in New Zealand

Lo más leído

Anaya Stadium

Cuando el sol se pone y principalmente cualquier día de lunes a jueves, las figuritas de la portada de Ramos nos descolgamos...

El Salamanca UDS no pasa del empate ante el Atlético Astorga

El Salamanca UDS continúa con su preparación y este miércoles ha empatado a cero con el Atlético Astorga en el segundo amistoso de la...

Álvaro de Arriba firma en Zagreb la mejor marca española del año

Excelente noticia la que nos llega desde Croacia. Álvaro de Arriba ha logrado la mejor marca española del año en 800 metros en el...

Unionistas vence al Burgos en el primer amistoso del verano

Unionistas ha comenzado con buen pie la pretemporada. En el primer amistoso del verano, los salmantinos se han impuesto por 0-1 al Burgos gracias...

New Zealand is a beautiful island in the South Pacific. It’s famous for its incredible countryside, stunning beaches and fascinating culture. The island was originally inhabited by the Mãori, an ancient people who still keep their tradition and culture going strong today. One of the most exciting times of year to visit is in June when they celebrate the Mãori New Year or “Matariki”.

Various tribes in New Zealand traditionally celebrated this at different times, all of them falling around* May or June. The Mãori word, which literally translates as “eyes of god” or “little eyes” is the name for the “Pleiades”, a cluster* of mid-winter stars that come out at this time of the year. Some of the tribes would celebrate the rising* of these stars, while others focused on different astronomical occurrences that take place* around the same time.

As with any good traditional event, there’s a story behind it. For the Mãori, the myth goes that the sky father, Ranginui and the earth mother, Papatãnuku were separated by their children. For some reason, the god of the winds called Tãwhirimãtea became so angry that he tore his eyes out* and threw them into the heavens, which are the stars they see in the night sky. This strange story is the backdrop for a beautiful festival where the dead are remembered and new life is celebrated.
In mid-June, different towns and cities around New Zealand become alive with a flurry* of activity for the ‘festival of lights,’ which celebrates Matariki. This involves a whole host of different sights, sounds, and smells that include local crafts and a banquet.

One of the most eye-catching crafts is the different wooden items you can buy with delicate designs on them. Wood carving* has been practiced in Mãori culture since ancient times, and a lot of it can be found during the festival. It isn’t just used to make items for sale, many objects and structures that they use in real life are elaborately decorated with carvings, from canoes and houses to ceremonial weapons. The craft is known as ‘whakairo rakau’ in the local language and the tools used to carve the beautiful and difficult patterns are traditionally made from ‘greenstone,’ a substance that is famous for its strength.

But woodcarving isn’t the only craft on display. Flax is a type of plant that grows abundantly in New Zealand. Its long, green leaves are used in another one of the Mãori’s traditional crafts, where they weave the different strands together to make a number of objects. In the past, it would have been used for to make baskets or even clothes. While these traditional items can still be found at the festival, artisan handbags or even bracelets can also be bought there.

Of course no celebration would be complete without food. This festival isn’t just a celebration of the new year but also the harvest, so, in some areas, guests are encouraged to take produce* from their own gardens. Then, later in the day, everyone joins in a large shared banquet. All kinds of food are eaten there but a traditional way of cooking it is with something called a ‘hangi’. A hangi is an oven, where the ground is dug out and meat and vegetable are covered in leaves and baked over hot stones. Normally this would feature food like lamb, pork, shellfish, vegetables, and herbs.

After everyone has been fed, the sun goes down and the light display starts in earnest. Trees and plants are lit up with different bright colours, buildings are rigged* with lights and you may even see people performing with fire. It’s a beautiful time that helps brighten up the cold winter months, while celebrating a rich and ancient culture.

Author: Joshua Burns

Glossary

Falling around – more or less at
Cluster – group of similar things or people close together
Rising – going up
Take place – occur
To tear out – to remove forcibly
Flurry of activity – a lot of movement and activity
Carving – using a tool to make a pattern or shape an object out of material
Produce – fresh fruit or vegetables
Rigged – equipment is set up

- Advertisement -

Más Noticias

Dejar respuesta

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Últimas noticias

Perfumerías Avenida sufre ante Ensino para sumar el primer triunfo liguero

Perfumerías Avenida ha estrenado la Liga Femenina con una trabajada victoria ante Durán Maquinaria Ensino por 52 a 58. Las salmantinas no estuvieron todo...

El Guijuelo suma su tercer triunfo de pretemporada contra un aspirante a todo como el Extremadura

Según avanza la pretemporada, las sensaciones que va dejando el Guijuelo son cada vez más positivas. A nivel de resultados, con tres victorias en...

Aythami lidera con un doblete el triunfo de Unionistas contra el Atlético Astorga

El runrún que genera la situación por la que atraviesa Piojo, que ha pasado de ser capitán a estar apartado de las convocatorias de...

El Ciudad Rodrigo golea en el estreno de un renovado Santa Marta

Las pruebas del Ciudad Rodrigo contra equipos de la provincia de superior categoría continúan. Sin embargo, si los dos compromisos anteriores acabaron en derrota,...

El Congesa XXI Ciudad de Salamanca cae ante el BM Pinto en un apretado encuentro

El Congesa XXI Ciudad de Salamanca ha sumado este sábado ritmo de juego y nuevos minutos a las piernas de sus jugadores con el...

Uso de cookies

De conformidad, tras la entrada en vigor de la Ley 9/2014 General de Telecomunicaciones y su afectación en el artículo 22 de la Ley de Servicios de la Sociedad de la Información y Comercio Electrónico, la presente Página Web recaba cookies de navegación -pequeños archivos que contienen una serie de caracteres que se envían a su explorador desde el servidor de un sitio web-, propias y de terceros, con la finalidad de recabar información de entrada o identificación de usuarios; reproducción y carga de formularios y/o plug-in de contenido; publicitarias; estadísticas; entre otras.

ACEPTAR
Aviso de cookies