Emotion-Packed Wedding Haka Moves New Zealand Maori Bride To Tears

by Conscious Reminder

A New Zealand couple is moved to tears as they take part in their surprise wedding Haka. I bet no one who has watched this video was left indifferent. 

A haka – with its shouting, body-slapping and exaggerated facial expressions – is used in traditional Maori culture as a war cry to intimidate the enemy, also to welcome special guests and is performed at celebrations too.

Obviously, this Haka was all about showing respect, not intimidation.

The video shows the energy-charged traditional dance performed by the groomsmen and other guests. Just as the emotions are about to peak, the newlyweds join in, taken away by the amazing energy of the ritual.

“I wasn’t planning on jumping in until one bridesmaid did,” said Ms Armstrong. “I felt the need to show love and respect back. I was really blown away.”

Haka is traditionally an all-male warrior dance, but women can take part at wedding Haka performances.

The nearly three-minute video ends with the couple emotionally embracing the performers.

The haka was organized by the 23-year-old groom’s best man and was led by his older brother. It was filmed by her cousin’s production company.

Below you can read the actual words and their translation in English:

Leader: Tika tonu!
Everyone: U – e!
Leader: Tika tonu!
Everyone: U… e! Tika tonu atu ki a koe, e tama Hiki nei koe aku whakaaro, pakia!
He hiki aha to hiki?
He hiki roa to hiki?
I a ha hā!
E tama, te uaua ana
E tama, te mārō
Roa ina hoki ra
Te tohe o te uaua na
E tāu nei. Āna! Āna! Āna! Aue… Hī!

Leader: (What is right is always right!)
Everyone: (In – deed! )
Leader: (What is right is always right!)
Everyone: (Ah… yes! )
(Be true to yourself, my son!)
(My concerns have been raised about you, so pay attention!….)
(What is this problem you are carrying?)
(How long have you been carrying it for?)
(Have you got that? Right, let’s go on.)
(So son, although it may be difficult for you )
(and son, although it seems to be unyielding )
(no matter how long you reflect on it )
(the answer to the problem )
(is here inside you.)
(Indeed! Indeed! Indeed! Yes, indeed!)

Video courtesy of euronews (in English)


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