April’s Full Moon: Despite Its Name, It Won’t Be Turning Pink
April’s full Moon arrives on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, at 7:12 a.m. EDT. While April is known for its showers and ever-warming temperatures, it is also known as a month when spring flowers begin to show up. Herb moss pink phlox, or “wild ground” phlox, is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. As the name infers, the flowers are pink in color, thus the name for April’s full Moon—the Pink Moon. But no, the Moon itself won’t be turning pink.
But like all full Moons, it will be spectacular, so get outside and enjoy it! Be sure to look for it as it rises in the east on the 19th.
This Moon has also been called the full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes, the full Fish Moon because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans of North America. Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Full Moon names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the full Moon names, but in general, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.
Full Moon Lore Download
Revel in the beauty of the magical, mystical Moon! Our Full Moon Lore digital download (PDF) celebrates a year's worth of full Moons with gorgeous full-color images and illustrations, plus the interesting folklore behind each. From January's full Wolf Moon to December's Cold Moon, each is an opportunity to learn about and appreciate how influential the Moon can be on us all. Print them, frame them, enjoy them all year-round. 16 pages.