This is how Kiwis welcome St Paddy’s!
The fact that we live in a multicultural society couldn’t have been more apparent than this afternoon. St Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown Auckland organized for a ‘haka’ to roll in St Patrick’s Day celebrations – it was fun and warm and just the right thing we needed in an otherwise troubled world.
This cultural appropriation did receive some criticism. But, hey, how else do we embrace other cultures and make them a part of our lives?
What is haka?
The haka is a type of ancient Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, as well as when groups came together in peace. Haka are a fierce display of a tribe’s pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. (www.newzealand.com)