1. Enjoy a mid-winter feast with friends and whānau
Traditionally, Matariki is a time to share kai from the pātaka, the storehouse, harvested from past seasons. It’s too cold for planting, so it’s a time to relax, eat, and enjoy good company.
2. Light a candle
Matariki is a time for reflection. Light a candle to remember loved ones who have passed away, or to farewell unwanted memories.
3. Write down your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the year ahead
What do you want to achieve? What do you want to see? Record thoughts like these and return to them later – how did you do?
4. Go outside!
Look up at the stars (can you see Matariki?). Go for a walk in your neighbourhood and get to know its streams, rivers, and trees. Listen to the birds.
5. Play games and tell stories
Matariki is about having fun with your loved ones. Learn to play mū tōrere, a Māori board game. Or make up a story to tell your whānau.
6. Organise a neighbourhood ritual
Come together with your community for a Matariki ritual that uses all the ideas above: Fire and warmth, food, reflection, hopes and dreams, stories, nature, and games.