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“Name That Moon” Comes to an End

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“Name That Moon” Comes to an End

It has now been a full year since we announced the Farmers’ Almanac “Name That Moon” Contest in the pages of our 2010 edition, and voting to name our twelfth, and final, Moon, has ended. Hundreds of you submitted names during the first half of August, and thousands voted for their favorite among our editors’ top four choices. Readers have overwhelmingly selected the name “Full Summer’s End Moon” for this month’s Full Moon, which falls on Thursday, September 23rd, at 5:17 a.m.

The name “Full Summer’s End Moon” was submitted by three different people, the first of whom, and our winner, was Bonnie Weston of Storrs, Conn. Congratulations!

The traditional full Moon names for September are the Full Harvest Moon or Full Corn Moon. Technically, the Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon falls during September, but it does occur during October in some years. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice, traditionally the chief food staples for Native Americans, are now ready for gathering.

Since the release of the 2010 Almanac last September, you have helped us to come up with new names for each month’s full Moon. The official winning names are:

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October’s Full Pumpkin Moon submitted by William Culver
November’s Full Thankful Moon submitted by Lynn Scholfield
December’s Full Glad Tidings Moon submitted by Marlene Fitzgerald
January’s Full New Beginnings Moon submitted by Noel Whearty
February’s Full Sweetheart’s Moon submitted by Kathy Mitchell
March’s Full Shamrock Moon submitted by Lisa Chahayed
April’s Fool’s Moon submitted by Tom Weston
May’s Full Bloom Moon submitted by Jennifer Eyrich
June’s Full Firefly Moon submitted by Marcy Woodard
July’s Full Independence Moon submitted by Suzanne Curran
August’s Full Cricket Moon submitted by Randy Hermatz
September’s Full Summer’s End Moon submitted by Bonnie Weston

Because the traditional names we use in the Farmers’ Almanac are just one of many names for each Moon, the new names chosen over the past year won’t replace the old ones, but they do give us names that better reflect modern-day priorities and preoccupations.

The Farmers’ Almanac would like to thank everyone who participated in the “Name that Moon” contest, whether by submitting one or more names, voting, telling your friends, blogging about it, or just following along and reading about each month’s winner throughout the year. You’ve all helped to make this contest a success.

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1 Albert Conolly { 09.09.10 at 6:52 am }

I agree,I love this site.

2 Nicole Bowers { 09.08.10 at 2:07 pm }

I had fun with this contest and learned a lot about the old moon names and the reasons behind them which opened up for some interesting discussions. I hope you come up with another thought provoking contest in the future.

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