This incredible haka was performed at the wedding of Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong in Auckland, New Zealand, reported the New Zealand Herald. It was posted by a Polanesian community page called Proud to Be Tongan, and has been shared over 130,000 times.
In the beginning, the bride and groom watch on while their friends and family perform the ceremonial dance. They are both visibly moved, and Aaliyah is overcome by tears early on.
The love, power and cultural pride is palpable. It all becomes overwhelming for the groom, who removes his blazer to take part.
Aaliyah and her bridesmaids also join in, and their strength and beauty is jaw-dropping.
The haka reaches its goose-bump inducing crescendo. And it’s over.
After it is finished, the bride and groom embrace their guests, hugging and sharing ‘hongi’ (touching noses).
Congratulations to Benjamin and Aaliyah.