Swap Guy Fawkes for Matariki!
November 4 2019
If we’re going to have one night a year where the skies are lit up with the noise and colour of fireworks and the local fire crews have heart palpitations over the number of backyard fires and pyrotechnic celebrations – why Bonfire Night? Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire Night, is a British celebration – once compulsory, it celebrates the torture and burning to death of Guy Fawkes, a terrorist who tried to blow up the houses of parliament. While there’s historical importance and a sense of tradition in Britain, it seems ‘off’ that we celebrate this with more gusto than Matariki.
Matariki is in winter – so the skies are darker earlier, which suits a firework display much better than the long and warm spring evening of 5th November. Matariki has far more cultural importance than an event that happened 11,400 miles away, 400 years ago. Matariki is also a much more positive celebration at heart and something unique to Aoetroa. Sure, we could celebrate both, but Matariki should take precedence in our annual calendar.