There are other names for this same phenomenon: depending on the region, it is also called Moon of the grass that sprouts, Moon of the egg and, among coastal tribes, Moon of the fish.
The astronomical event of the April full Moon or ‘pink’ Moon can be observed on April 6, coinciding with Catholic Holy Week, communicated NASA this Monday.
According to the US agency, the phenomenon will begin at sunset on Wednesday, April 5, and will culminate at nightfall on Thursday, April 13 (in North American Eastern time). The pink Moon will reach its maximum illumination at 04:35 GTM next Thursday, April 6 and will appear full for three days around that time.
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The spectacular phenomenon can be seen all over the planet, mainly in the northern hemisphere. It should be noted that the satellite does not acquire a pink color, but its hue is related to the pink moss or wild phlox plant, a plant native to the eastern United States, which gives way at the beginning of spring.
Other names for this Moon depend on the region, and include Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and, among coastal tribes, Fish Moon, as it coincides with the time when shad swim upstream to spawn.
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The Pink Moon is also called Easter Moon, since in the Christian liturgical calendar it coincides with Holy Week, since the religious festival is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full Moon of spring.
Regarding the Hindu lunisolar calendar, despite the fact that there are a number of variations, for many this full Moon corresponds with the Hanuman Jayanti festival, the celebration of the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god who is widely revered throughout India.
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Among Buddhists, especially in Sri Lanka, it is called Bak Poya, and commemorates when Buddha visited Sri Lanka and settled a dispute between chiefs, avoiding a war.
In the Hebrew calendar, it coincides with the Jewish Passover, which begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. In the Islamic calendar, its full Moon is near the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, which is honored as the month in which the Qur’an was revealed.
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