Wedding New Zealand haka moves bride to tears

Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong showed huge emotion at the performance, which has been viewed over 38 million times through the world.

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It's a tradition most people would associate with the rugby field, but a viral video has shown the beauty of tradition in New Zealand, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean.

When a couple from Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand married last weekend, the groomsmen broke out in a haka - a traditional Maori dance.

The couple, Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong, showed huge emotion at the performance, which was captured by the bride's family member's production company and the video viewed over 38 million times through the world.

The powerful performance about showing respect, moved the bride to tears, and she soon joined in on it as did her new husband.

To the outside world, the haka is probably most associated with rugby, when New Zealand's All Blacks perform it before games to intimidate the opposition, with shouting in the Maori language, stomping of feet, rhythmic slapping of bodies and exaggerated facial expressions. It is an old war cry but also used to welcome special guests and at celebrations.

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