The Polynesian calendar is divided into two seasons: matarii i nia, the season of abundance, which begins on 20th November, and matarii i raro, the season of scarcity, which starts on 20th May. The passage from one season to the other is marked by a ritual to announce the arrival of abundance, in the rainy season of scarcity, in the dry season.

The Pleiades constellation signals the start of the period of abundance and fertility

Matari’i is the Tahitian name given to the Pleiades constellation, which is visible or not in the Polynesian starry sky throughout the year. The rising of the Pleiades, called matari’i i ni’a, coincides with the arrival of the rains. For six months, the land produces fruits in abundance and fish are more plentiful. Fauna and flora are at the peak of their reproduction. An opening to the spiritual circle through the tasting of a liqueur called kava allows visitors to connect with abundance. Joyful dances thank the land and sea for having kept their promises by feeding their people and enabling them to heal themselves thanks to all the virtues of the flora. In contrast, the descent of the Pleiades, known as matari’i i raro, heralds the onset of the dry, cool season. The Islands of Tahiti then enters a period of scarcity.

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