Spine-tingling haka at New Zealand wedding becomes viral hit

The family of a groom performs a dramatic haka at his wedding; the bride is moved to tears before joining in the performance and the video goes viral online.

The family of a groom performs a dramatic haka at his wedding; the bride is moved to tears before joining in the performance and the video goes viral online.

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND (JANUARY 16, 2016) (WESTONE PRODUCTIONS) – A spine-tingling haka performed by a groom’s family at a wedding in New Zealand recently has gone viral online.

The video shows the group of mainly men, led by the best man and brother of groom Joel Armstrong, powerfully performing the dance before the bride herself joins in.

The performance was captured at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hamilton on New Zealand’s north island.

Haka are traditional war dances, cries or challenges performed by Maoris, the native people of New Zealand.

The haka performed at the wedding is called Tika Tonu which tells the story of a father encouraging his son to overcome his problems.

In the video the groom Benjamin Armstrong and bride Aaliyah Armstrong are noticeably moved before both join in with the performance. A bridesmaid also takes part.

Since being shared online on Thursday (January 21) the video has been viewed more than 18 million times.

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