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Pink Moon

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, under a pink sky

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, under a pink sky

The full moon in April is sometimes referred to as the Egg Moon, as it is usually the last full moon before Easter.

This full moon was known as the Pink Moon by Algonquian Indians of North America, as its appearance coincided with the bloom of moss pink, or wild ground phlox, one of the earliest widespread spring wildflowers.

It has also been dubbed the Sprouting Grass Moon, Seed Moon, the Waking Moon, and the Fish Moon because this is when some migrating fish swim upstream to spawn..

Buddhists refer to the April full moon as Bak Poya, while Hindus name iyt after the deity Hanumana.

Man in the Moon

Look at what's rising: Luna, Selene, man in the Moon.

Much of the universe, as we know it, is strange and distant, full of lifeless orbs and wild cataclysms and dark voids. We know little about the quasars and nebulae and supernovae of outer space. Through our telescopes we peer at stars and planets and galaxies, but how well do we really know them? We can only see what we can see.

The moon is different. It is closer to us than any other heavenly object, both physically and imaginatively. It has been part of our stories and dreams since the dawn of time. It's the stuff of nursery rhymes.

  -- continued in Rural Delivery

Bak Poya

In Sri Lanka, the Full Moon of Bak Poya is a time of celebration, marking the day lord Buddha set foot in Sri Lanka for the 2nd time.  According to the Mahawansa, a chronicle of Sri Lanka's history, the Buddha foresaw an imminent war between two Naga kings, Choolodara and Mahodara, over a jewel studded throne. His visit Sri Lanka was made to settle the dispute. To mark the occasion, Buddhists throughout the island organize religious events.

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