Lantern Festival

Now that Winter Solstice is upon us, days seem longer, warmer – may Winter always be that nice :)

Where it all starts, once a year, at Matariki.
Where it all starts, once a year, at Matariki.
For a week, they have been making colorful lanterns
For a week, they have been making colorful lanterns
Just for the one night, to let it shine with the fire
Just for the one night, to let them shine with fire
walking around the school grounds and through the hospital, singing
walking around the school grounds and through the hospital, singing
Meanwhile, at the school lawn, King Winter arrives
Meanwhile, at the school lawn, King Winter arrives
Gnomes prepared a cozy grotto to spend the cold night
Gnomes prepared a cozy grotto to spend the cold night
But what is going on there on the sportsfield in front of the building?
But what is going on there on the sportsfield in front of the building?
A spiral of lights glows in the dark
A spiral of lights glows in the dark
The warmest and most enjoyable lantern festival we've ever had, standing outside a long time, watching the twinkling stars
The warmest and most enjoyable lantern festival we’ve ever had, standing outside a long time, watching the twinkling stars
Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life.
Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life.