On this Valentine's Day I want to share something I saw recently that touched my heart. It is a video of a recent wedding where the guests, friends and family of the bride and groom performed a Haka for them. At first I thought I was watching one of those choreographed dance routines that have become popular; however I immediately realized it was something very different. As the bride and groom stood watching, and as I watched them, a deeply moving sense of love washed over me. The emotion was palpable through the screen and I was overcome with a feeling that often escapes us during our day to day lives. I have witnessed the love of strangers and it makes my heart full. When you see others in love or expressing love I hope you too feel their love and it brings a smile to your face, warms your heart and reminds you that it is a gift - to give love and to receive love is what we all need to have a little more of.
So here is my gift to you - my hope is as you watch this video, you too will feel the love.
The Haka (plural is the same as singular: haka) is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.
War haka were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition, but haka are also performed for various reasons: for welcoming distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals, and kapa haka performance groups are very common in schools.
Happy Valentines Day!