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April's Pink Moon

Spoiler Alert: It's not going to be pink!

Did you know, every full moon has a "special name"? This month's moon is no different. Each month's full moon is named typically based on the season, whether it be after the crops, the flowers, the animals, or the typical weather of that month. Generally, these names date back to the Native Americans of North America.

This month's infamous "Pink Moon" is *warning* NOT going to be pink. It is named after some of Spring's first flowers, the pink phlox. This month's moon has also been known as: Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

Almanac.com's Article on the Pink Moon

Check out these articles on full moon names and learn about the uniqueness, or lack thereof, of each month's full moon.

Farmer's Almanac Full Moon Names

Almanac.com Full Moon Names

Earth Sky's Full Moon Names

*Bonus* the article above even gives you the names for full moons in the Southern Hemisphere! Since the seasons are different, you can imagine that the season based names of our northern hemisphere's full moons don't apply in the southern hemisphere.


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