Calendar Event: June 19, 2004

Matariki

Postby Tama on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:20pm

Cool - New Zealand gets it's very own New Year type thingy - :thumbsup:

http://www.matariki.net.nz/

Matariki, the star cluster that heralds the start of the Aotearoa Pacific New Year, is important to Māori and Pacific people and other cultures around the world. Matariki is visible to the naked eye in the pre-dawn sky after the full moon from mid to late June each year.

There are many stories about its significance as a navigational star and also as a portent on whether the coming harvests will be plentiful. If the stars in the cluster are clear and bright, it is thought that the year ahead will be warm and productive. If they appear hazy and shimmering, a cold winter is in store for us, and all activities during the period of Matariki must take this into account.

Some say that Matariki is the mother surrounded by her six daughters, other stories suggest that Matariki is a male star. These are the Māori names that make up the other six prominent stars of the Matariki cluster Tupuanuku, Tupuarangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipunarangi and Ururangi.

Matariki is celebrated at different times by different tribes. For some, feasts are held when it is first seen. For others, it is the full moon after it rises that is celebrated and for others, celebrations are centred on the dawn of the next new moon.

Astronomers generally refer to Matariki as the Pleiades. The cluster is a group of many hundreds of stars about 400 light years from Earth and has been recognised since ancient times. The brightest stars are quite easy to see with the unaided eye and in Greek legend bear the names of the Seven Sisters, the daughters of Atlas and Pleone, Alcyone, Merope, Asterope, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno and Electra.

For some tribes Puanga or Rigel is the star that signifies the beginning of the Māori New Year.
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Postby Bigfoot on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:21pm

Happy New Year :)
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Postby Naff on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:24pm

Cool, cultural lessons.. thanks Tama.

AlCyone is apparently as the star at the centre of the Milky Way
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Postby Tama on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:37pm

Bigfoot wrote:Happy New Year :)

Where's our presents?
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Postby Bigfoot on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:39pm

the VF cheque is coming soon enough :)

wait - do you normally give/recieve gifts on new years :eh:
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Postby Tama on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:43pm

Bigfoot wrote:wait - do you normally give/recieve gifts on new years :eh:


Yeah... don't you Canadians do that? I suppose it's difficult to leave the house in 2 metres of snow, and you run into the danger of being eaten by moose.
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Postby Bigfoot on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:45pm

No, its us who eats the moose... yummmm :)

we dont exchange gifts at new years usually, we're usually gifted out from the week before... you guys have boxing day though right?
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Postby Tama on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:48pm

Bigfoot wrote:No, its us who eats the moose... yummmm :)

we dont exchange gifts at new years usually, we're usually gifted out from the week before... you guys have boxing day though right?
Yes, traditionally nothing is done on Boxing Day except lie around outside as everyone is too bloated and hungover after Christmas.

Hence our traditional post-Christmas sunburn from falling asleep in the sun :blush:
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Postby Bigfoot on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:52pm

hehe, sunburn at christmas :)

ya, we do presents and eating too damn much on Christmas, and then sit around and digest on the 26th... New Years festivities are restricted to partying our arses off on the night of the 31st
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Postby Naff on Fri 18/Jun/04 3:54pm

Tama wrote:Hence our traditional post-Christmas sunburn from falling asleep in the sun :blush:


and you can never get rid of the singlet tanlines after that :blush:
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Postby Tama on Fri 18/Jun/04 4:09pm

Bigfoot wrote:ya, we do presents and eating too damn much on Christmas, and then sit around and digest on the 26th... New Years festivities are restricted to partying our arses off on the night of the 31st

Same here - we don't do presents for New Year's - I was just yanking your chain ;)
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Postby Bigfoot on Fri 18/Jun/04 4:10pm

bah, bugger!

well, we could start a new vorb tradition :)
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Postby Naff on Fri 18/Jun/04 4:15pm

VORB day?
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Postby Clarky on Fri 18/Jun/04 4:18pm

New Year's Vorb Day....

Time to get drunk!!! :)
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Postby SlackBoy on Fri 18/Jun/04 7:08pm

boxing day is the traditional roll down to the basin to sit in the sun with a hangover and hangover go-away beers whilst watching the cricket
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