A toddler’s powerful haka dance stole the show at his family’s wedding reception, and the footage is bringing tears to TikTokers.
Uploaded by TikTok account @haka_haka_, the emotional video quickly gained over 3 million views, 347,000 likes and over 1,000 comments.
Now, just like the 2-year-old ring bearer who couldn’t contain his joy when he saw his mother in her wedding dress, this toddler’s touching wedding moment is touching hearts around the world .
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According to the official New Zealand Tourism website, the haka is a ceremonial Maori dance or war challenge, usually performed in groups to represent a tribe’s pride, strength and unity.
“Actions include foot stomping, tongue protrusion and rhythmic slapping to accompany loud chanting,” explains NewZealand.com. “The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe’s history.”
Traditionally, the haka was performed when two parties met as part of the customs surrounding dating.
“For example, the haka was used on the battlefield to mentally and physically prepare warriors for battle, but it was also practiced when groups came together in peace,” writes NewZealand.com.
“Today, the haka is still used at ceremonies and celebrations to honor guests and show the significance of the occasion. This includes family events, such as birthdays, graduations, weddings, and funerals. .
According to Maori legend, the origin of the haka is a celebration of life.
“The story goes that Tama-nui-te-ra, the sun god, and his wife Hine-Raumati, who embodies summer, had a son named Tane-rore,” says NewZealand.com. “During the hot summer days, Tane-rore would dance for his mother, making the air quiver. This light and fast movement was the basis of all haka.
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‘The little guy gave me chills…’
Thousands of TikTokers took to the comments section to share their emotional reactions to the video.
“Aww little man. It was so sweet, it made me cry. My baby is half Polynesian and I’m so excited for her dad to teach her about her culture,” one user wrote.
“I love it. It’s so great to pass the lore on to future warriors,” another user commented.
“This is amazing!! Love that this is conveyed with all the passion and emotion!! 🥰🥰🥰,” one user shared.
“The little guy gave me chills,” another commented.
“Gives me goosebumps every time I watch this dance
“I swear… EVERY TIME I see haka, it makes me cry. At happy events, sporting events. I can’t really explain it. I just cry,” another emotional user wrote.
“Why did that make me cry?” one user commented.
Although we don’t know much about the toddler in the now viral video, it’s clear that he and his family are proud of their ancestry and will pass the haka on to future generations.
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