Maori New Year
Matariki is the Māori name for a group of seven stars, also called the Pleiades group in the Netherlands. The moment this star cluster appears in the sky marks the beginning of the Māori calendar. Shortly thereafter, the new moon comes into view and the Māori celebrate their new year. They then thank the earth and pay their respects. Since 2022, Matariki has also been an official holiday in New Zealand, celebrated this year on July 14 with performances, art, food and stories.