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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Matariki Facts


Matariki

Matariki


  • It is a cluster or constellation of seven stars.
  • Maori new year - time of first rising.
  • Names of the stars in the cluster are: Matariki, Tupu-a-nuku, Tupu-a-rangi, Waiti, Waita, Waipuna-a-rangi and Ururangi.
  • The first rising in late May or early June.
  • Matariki means minute and small.
  • The constellation was important for Navigation and timing the seasons.
  • In other cultures, also known as Pleiades, Hawai’i = Makali’i, Japanese = Subaru, Aztec = Tianquiztl, Egypt = Chu

3 comments:

Tsana Plessius said...

Hi Robin,
You have included a lot of information here about Matariki. Isn't it interesting that different cultures celebrate it as well as us here in New Zealand?!
Love Mama

Karl Plessius said...

Cool

Robin @ Glenbrae School said...

rgreat

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