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A full moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth at the same time. Occurring on a 29.53-day cycle, the full lunar phase in each month is known by many different names depending on the culture or religion.
The full moon in March is generally referred to as the Lenten Moon, as it occurs during the season of Lent observed by the Catholic Church. It is usually the last full moon of winter.
This full moon was known as the Worm Moon by Algonquian Indians of North America, as this is when earthworms first become active after winter in the northern hemisphere. It has also been dubbed the Crow Moon, Magpie Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, and the Death Moon.
Buddhists refer to the March full moon as Medin Poya while Hindus call it Basanta Poornima.
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.
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A major festival in India, Holi is celebrated on the full-moon day in the month of Phalgun, which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.
This popular Hindu holiday marks the end of the winter and celebrates the bloom of spring with people applying colors to each other (abheer, which resembles glitter, and gulal, a washable organic powder) and throwing colors up in the air to show happiness. Special foods on this day include gujiya, malpuas, mathri, puran poli and dahi badas consumed with glasses of thandai, a cold drink.
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