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What is a koru?

Filed in About Koru Ceremony — March 13, 2018

I saw this post from last year on Koru Ceremony’s Facebook page and thought it would be helpful to share… 

My husband and I were recently in San Francisco and saw these fern korus at the deYoung Museum. 


A koru is a new fern frond as it begins to unfurl. The word “koru” (pronounced kor-roo) is the Maori word for “loop.” A number of years ago I was introduced to this word when my daughter lived in New Zealand. For the indigenous people of New Zealand the koru symbolizes new beginnings and hope for the future. It embodies a new phase of life, positive change and personal growth, working together in harmony and being mindful of the good things in life. I felt the word koru symbolized everything I wanted my officiating business Koru Ceremony to represent. The koru personified the ideals of new beginnings I want to honor in ceremony.

 

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What does Koru mean?

KORU (kor-roo) is the Maori word for “loop.” For the indigenous people of New Zealand, the koru spiral represents a fern frond beginning to unfurl. The koru symbol embodies new beginnings, a new phase of life, renewal, hope for the future, positive change, personal growth, working in harmony, bringing people together, and being mindful of the good things in life.

At Koru Ceremony, we strive to personify these ideals and celebrate a new beginning through ceremony and ritual.

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