A look at monthly full moons: Part 2

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Full moons have a unique name for each month of the year. April is called the "Pink Moon", May is the "Flower Moon" and June is the "Strawberry Moon".

The "Pink Moon" will occur on the morning of April 19. According to Northern Native Americans, the name "Pink Moon" was derived from a group of early blooming wildflowers. This also heralds the appearance of the “moss pink”, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the first spring flowers. Phlox is a perennial and a favorite choice amongst the wildflowers. In full bloom, they are both star-shaped and very colorful. In other cultures, this moon is also referred to as the "Sprouting Grass Moon", the "Egg Moon" and the "Fish Moon".

The "Flower Moon" will occur on May 18 in the afternoon. The name is in reference to the abundant number of flowers that tend to bloom during May. Other names include the "Hare Moon", the "Corn Planting Moon" the "Milk Moon", and the "Mother’s Moon". The "Flower Moon" marks an increase in overall fertility, as temperatures increase enough to safely bear children, a near end to late frosts, and plants that are in bloom.

On the morning of June 17, you will see the "Strawberry Moon" rising on the horizon. The nationwide harvest of strawberries led to the moon's name. Europeans have named it the "Rose Moon, while other cultures have named it the "Hot Moon", as it marks the beginning of the summertime heat. It has also been called the "Honey Moon" and "Mead Moon".

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This is the second of four in my quarterly moon name web articles throughout 2019. Check back later on this year to see the next article, as I’ll be discussing the July, August, and September full moons!

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