New ZealandMatariki is the Maori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster. The Maori New Year is marked by the rising of Matariki and the sighting of the new moon.

The day is not fixed and might occur in May or June. That said, what’s important to note is that Matariki falls at the end of the harvest.

Our tip:  Celebrate Matariki with something delicious to eat and learn some Maori language.

July 2010 (courtesy of the Hubble!)

Matariki is the traditional Māori New Year

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