How are you doing? I hope you're happy and enjoying the nice weather!
Today we are going to do an activity for Matariki. Here's what we are going to make:
But what is Matariki?
Matariki is the Māori name for a group of stars that we can see in the night sky in New Zealand. This group of stars is also called Pleiades and can be seen in Spain as well.
Look! Here it is:
Every year in New Zealand, Matariki disappears from the sky in April/May and then we can see it again in June/July! This signals the start of the Māori New Year.
Matariki is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to be with people we love.
In the past, Māori used Matariki for help with their harvesting. When Matariki disappeared from the sky, it was time to preserve crops for the winter. When it re-appeared, Māori would read the stars to predict the upcoming season.
Nowadays, festivals and celebrations happen throughout the country to celebrate Matariki.
This year, Matariki is in July. Today we are going to make stars to celebrate (a bit early!).
Here is the video:
And here's another video with instructions, if mine are too hard 😉😉
I hope you have fun!!