A different kind of election: “Name That Moon”
Several years ago, the Farmers’ Almanac conducted a “Name That Moon” contest in which we asked our readers to elect a new name for each of the year’s full Moons.
If you’re a regular reader of our print edition or our web site, then you already know that each month’s full Moon has its own unique name, passed down to us from the Native Americans who lived in the Northeastern part of the United States. For years, the Almanac has printed those traditional full Moon names in our monthly astronomy calendar.
Of course we would never suggest that these traditional names actually be changed, but we wondered what those names would look today based on modern-day priorities and preoccupations.
Hundreds of you submitted full Moon names and thousands voted for their favorite among our editors’ top four choices.
Here’s a look at both the traditional and winning names. What do you think? What would you change?
|Month||Traditional Name||Winning Name|
|January||Full Wolf Moon||Full New Beginnings Moon|
|February||Full Snow Moon||Full Sweetheart’s Moon|
|March||Full Worm Moon||Full Shamrock Moon|
|April||Full Pink Moon||Full Fool’s Moon|
|May||Full Flower Moon||Full Bloom Moon|
|June||Full Strawberry Moon||Full Firefly Moon|
|July||Full Buck Moon||Full Independence Moon|
|August||Full Sturgeon Moon||Full Cricket Moon|
|September||Full Corn Moon||Full Summer’s End Moon|
|October||Full Harvest Moon||Full Pumpkin Moon|
|November||Full Beaver Moon||Full Thankful Moon|
|December||Full Cold Moon||Full Glad Tidings Moon|