What is Matariki???
The reappearance of the seven Matariki stars, in late May or early June, signals the beginning of the Maori New Year.and the full name of matariki “Nga mata a te Ariki and also name pleiades. There were growing kumara and they harvest it.all 7 stars are named te uru o te rangi, Tupua a Rangi, tupua a Nuku, Waiti Waita,Waipuna a Rangi and Merope. A cluster is a group of stars that are near each other in space.when seen from earth,the stars in a constellation appear to be close together in a pattern but they might actually be far from each other.Matariki is a time to celebrate new year but actually maori people will celebrate matariki now in early june or late may.There are two meanings for matariki matariki means tiny eyes and mata ariki means the eye of god. Matariki is the constellation of star known in many parts of the world
Matariki is the Maori name for the star cluster known as a Pleiades. Traditionally for Maori when it appeared just before dawn late May or early June. One of the translation for Matariki likes to make their kite and net’s and the mother of the stars is surrounded with her daughters and the daughters are part of the stars too.
I feel quite sad for does who had pass away and the celebration of maori new year.