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"...the booklet will be widely disseminated to schools and communities throughout the country..."
On 14th July this year, New Zealand intends to commemorate Maori New Year while simultaneously observing its most recent public holiday for the second occasion, following its statutory recognition last year.
On Thursday, at the Dark Sky Sanctuary situated in Lake Tekapo of New Zealand's South Island, festivities preceding Matariki began with the inauguration of a booklet containing karakia (Maori prayer) designated for each of the nine stars of Matariki.
Matariki represents a significant event in the New Zealand calendar, in which the commencement of the Maori New Year is recognized through the reemergence of the Matariki constellation of stars in the evening skies.
According to the Minister of Maori Crown Relations, Kelvin Davis, the booklet will be widely disseminated to schools and communities throughout the country, in order to assist individuals with their respective preparations for commemorating Matariki, thereby serving as a valuable resource.
Celebrations leading up to Matariki have begun. A booklet containing karakia for each of the nine stars of Matariki was launched today at the Dark Sky Sanctuary in Takapō. The booklet will be distributed widely across the motu to schools and communities. https://t.co/tcLBxx0jYSpic.twitter.com/UbRErtJkGb
— Ministry for Culture and Heritage (@ManatuTaonga)
May 11, 2023
Matariki was marked for the first time as an official public holiday last year.
"It was a beautiful moment to see how the nation took joy in celebrating and embracing Matariki last year," Davis said.
According to the data, a minimum of 87 percent of the New Zealand population has acquired a certain level of comprehension regarding the purpose and significance of Matariki, David said.