Waitangi Day 2019 – Google Doodle marks the celebration of New Zealand’s National Day (Waitangi Day 2019). Additionally, it commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in the year 1840. Today’s doodle honors this special day portraying native flora of the island nation. New Zealand contains the evolution of a diverse variety of plant life. New Zealand seeks isolation from the South Pacific Ocean. The diversity of New Zealand is very vast in plant diversity that has 80 percent of the island’s fern, flower and tree species are endemic to the country. It means these plants cannot be found anywhere in the world.

Waitangi Day 2019

 

 

The silver fern represents the symbol of New Zealand’s identity. You can find the silver fern symbol on the uniforms of national sports teams as well as military troops. It is the symbol of strength and resilience. This silver fern will grow up to 10 meters in height. The underside of the silver fern’s leaves are really beautiful. It reflects moonlight, making it helpful when following forest trails at night.

The unofficial flower of New Zealand is bright yellow flowers of the Kowhai Tree. They blossom near the end of the winter. The Kowhai Tree has great medicinal properties. It is useful in the treatment of dandruff to seal bites. Another special flower of Waitangi Day 2019 is the Pōhutukawa’s crimson flowers. This flower rightly blooms in the holiday season. This flower is the bridge between the living and the spirit world. These flowers are used for decorating homes and churches. Its honey is very special to treat a sore throat. Read more on the Google Doodle page.

Waitangi Day 2019 – History:

Treaty of Waitangi took place in the year 1840. In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Māori chiefs signed which was the New Zealand’s founding document. Besides, the day’s official commemoration took place in 1934 and from 1974 it is a public holiday.

Up to 10,000 Māori attended the 1934 celebrations. In addition, the events had special meaning for many as they looked back to their independent status before the signing of the Treaty: 1834, when northern tribes chose a national flag at Waitangi, and 1835 when they issued a Declaration of Independence. See also: Sri Lanka National Day.

Finally, in 1957 the Labour Party promised 6 February would be declared a public holiday in view of the Treaty of Waitangi’s historical significance and its influence on Pākehā–Māori relations. Labour won the 1957 election and the four Labour Party Ratana Māori MPs.

Waitangi Day 2019 – Waitangi Day Act 1960

The Waitangi Day Act 1960 declared that 6 February is the Waitangi Day, and we shall observe it throughout the country ‘as a national day of thanksgiving in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi’. The act did not provide for a public holiday. Consequently, a copy of the Treaty in English came as a schedule.

Legislative recognition of the day was a first step towards creating a public holiday, and the annual commemoration built upon it. In 1960, for the first time, Waitangi Day ceremonies took place at night and many members of the diplomatic corps came to the event.

 

Waitangi Day 2019 – Change of  name:

The call to make 6 February a nationwide public holiday continued. The Labour government worked for Waitangi Day 1973. Prime Minister Norman Kirk announced – from 1974 it would be a national holiday with the name New Zealand Day. Eventually, the Henry May introduced the New Zealand Day, the Minister of Internal Affairs, whose department would administer the legislation.

Minister of Māori Affairs Matiu Rata, who had introduced a private member’s bill for this in 1971, indicated the government’s intentions. The day, he said, was to be neither ‘a symbolic nor religious occasion’ but a day for each New Zealander to enjoy as they saw fit, and the forerunner of an effort to achieve a ‘full sense of nationhood’.

Kirk wanted the first New Zealand Day to acknowledge the country’s multicultural identity. A two-and-a-half-hour extravaganza organization, watched by 20,000 people at Waitangi and screened on television. See also: Bahrain National Day.

The show, Aotearoa, depicted the country’s journey towards nationhood. Many people played different cultures.  The arrival of Kupe – by English, Irish and Scots (to the tune ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’), Dalmatians, Danes, Dutch and other European races, Pacific Islanders and Indians. Some of the country’s successes and troubles were captured in adaptations of well-known melodies, which added a touch of either humor or poor taste.

There was again a name change which was back to Waitangi Day. There were a lot of protests though. Yet, this day with beautiful flowers really calms every soul.

Happy Waitangi Day 2019!!

 

 

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