Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Happy Maori New Year

Watch the skies by mmahaffie
Watch the skies, a photo by mmahaffie on Flickr.
I learned that today is the Māori New Year, celebrated in New Zealand when the Pleiades star cluster, known to the Maori as "Matariki," makes its only appearance in the night skies.

It got me thinking back to about this time of year in 1980. I was a senior in high school and had invited a young woman from New Zealand to be my prom date. Helen was an exchange student and part Maori. She had the coolest accent ever.

It's traditional, for Maori New Year, to look to the skies.

No comments:

Post a Comment