This goes down as one of the coolest wedding dances we’ve ever seen. Other people agree, because it’s been viewed more than 24.2 million times on Facebook since it was posted on January 20th.
Wedding guests performed a haka, or traditional Maori war dance, at the reception of Aaliyah and Benjamin Armstrong in Auckland, New Zealand.
It was so intense and beautiful, it moved the bride to tears.
Aaliyah Armstong told CNN, “We knew that they’d organized a haka, but not that scale. And with my best friend jumping in as well, it turned out to be a bit of a surprise.
“I love my Maori side but this time (watching a haka) was different, knowing they were doing it for me and my husband. It was a blessing to be part of it.”
After the haka is finished, Benjamin can be seen thanking the dancers by touching his forehead to theirs, a traditional Maori greeting.
The H=haka is common at special occasions in New Zealand. The bride says it was a sign of respect from the best man and family, and not an attempt to intimidate the groom.