Monday, July 6, 2015

Tirama, Tirama Matariki aka Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

This Week's #NZBloggers Challenge was an interesting one as the word is "MATARIKI".

For those who aren't from the shores of New Zealand, you are probably going what the heck is Matariki. 

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).

In my day job, I work as a Children's and Teen Services Librarian at Greerton Library in Tauranga and one thing in the libraries that is big around this time is "MATARIKI" and we try and incorporate into our children's programmes. 
 One of the children's programmes that I run is called Toddler Time - which is a weekly programme for children aged 0-4 years where I sing songs and read stories.

So for my Matariki Post , I thought I would share with you the Maori Version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star titled 'Tirama, Tirama, Matariki"  in this song it also highlights and lists the names of the seven stars within the Matariki Cluster.

Tirama , Tirama Matariki
Waiti    Waita   

Tupuanuku  Tupuarangi  
Ururangi e

Tirama , Tirama Matariki

 Do you participate in Matariki ? What activities have you done to help celebrate Matariki ?



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