Matariki is a special occasion in the New Zealand calendar which marks the start of the Māori New Year. Signified by the Matariki cluster of stars reappearing in our night sky, this is a time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead.
Matariki is a time rich in traditions, many of which centre around whānau and community. For Māori, it represents a time to remember loved ones who have passed on in the previous year. It’s also a great time to gather together with the people you love, to reflect, to practise gratitude and to look towards the future. And in the middle of winter, what could be better than some cosy time spent with loved ones?
So here are some lighting ideas so you are not sitting out there completely in the dark!