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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter Soulstice Matariki

In the Southern Hemisphere, at the time of the winter solstice, a cluster of seven stars, called ‘the Pleiades’ in the Northern Hemisphere and ‘Matariki’ in Aotearoa New Zealand, becomes visible on the horizon just before dawn. For Maori, this marks New Year. It is a time to remember those who have died, particularly in… Continue Reading

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Government Evades Christianity?

Government Evades Christianity?

On the “portal for education information in New Zealand, maintained by the Ministry of Education” it is eye-catching that, while celebrations of other spirituality and world religions are explicitly mentioned in the Awareness days/weeks to celebrate in Early Childhood Education in our country, there is no referring to the well-known Christian celebrations. Chinese New Year… Continue Reading

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Matariki

Matariki

I do not think we have really been deeply inculturating Christian spirituality into the Southern Hemisphere. Today is the beginning of Matariki. Matariki is the Māori name for the Pleiades. In the winter sky just prior to dawn this star cluster marks the Māori New Year. Different tribes celebrated Matariki at different times. For some… Continue Reading

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shortest day

shortest day

Christchurch “city” is glum, grey, and empty. Acres of empty grey spaces, rubble, and the ever-present sound of cascading debris, and metal dinosaurs chewing their way through munted buildings. Fog and grey skies. That’s not even mentioning the people sleeping out in cars, vans, etc. because they have not been helped yet after quakes a… Continue Reading

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Winter Soulstice Matariki

Winter (Summer) Solstice this year is June 22. The Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice is linked to Christmas and winter has a number of liturgical and folk celebrations. If we want to embody liturgy better into the Southern Hemisphere – how might we celebrate it? Would we link it to the birth of John the Baptist… Continue Reading

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Solstice

Solstice

Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice is June 21, 2010 11:28 UT (Universal Time). In the Northern Hemisphere the winter is sprinkled with holidays and celebrations: St Nicholas, Christmas, New Year, Epiphany, etc. In New Zealand, from “Queen’s Birthday” (7 June – actually her birthday is April 21!) until the next long weekend (Labour Day) is about… Continue Reading

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