Awesome HAKA at a wedding reception. #ProudPolynesiansClick on link for a better understaniding of the New Zealand Maori Haka: http://www.folksong.org.nz/tika_tonu/Posted by I'm Proud to be Tongan on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Heartwarming footage of a wedding ceremony features a bride breaking down in tears as the guests at her wedding suddenly break into a traditional haka dance.
Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong, residents of Aukland, Australia, exchanged their marriage vows surrounded by friends and family at an ostentatious ceremony during the weekend. The video shows the newly wedded couple standing side by side as their loved ones perform a ceremonial Maori war dance.
The lively jig that featured a lot of eye rolling, chest banging and tongue flicking soon got the couple dancing to its tune. The groom can be seen taking off his jacket as he takes part in the traditional chanting and after a few moments the bride also jumps in.
The haka dance is performed at weddings to continue the conventions of Maori culture. Armstrong said his best man organized the dance after the wedding speech. He asked all the wedding guests who knew the haka (named Tika Tonu) to come on stage and participate in the dance. Armstrong was thrilled when his wife joined the dance.
“I knew she knew the haka because of her past cultural experience at high school,” he said “When she did join me in showing our respects back to those performing, I couldn't help but feel the honor and power of having her by my side.”
The video has had 12 million views on Facebook with friends and family of the happy couple describing the haka as the best they had ever seen.