‘Pink’ Moon to Grace Louisiana Skies This Easter Weekend
Louisiana residents will be treated to a spectacular sky show during this most solemn of weekends. As many of us reflect on the Easter holiday and its deeper meaning we will be treated to a heavenly light to help guide our thoughts. Or, it could just be a beautiful full moon gracing the skies above us all over this long holiday weekend.
Native Americans called this full moon the Pink Moon. The moniker was derived from the herb pink moss which bears tiny pink flowers and is among the first of the wildflowers to bloom this early in the spring season. This full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, anyone with a lawn would understand that name. And no, the moon won't actually turn pink this weekend.
The full moon that graces the sky at this time in April is also known by two other names. One, the Egg Moon, that name was given because of this time of year's association with animals returning from their winter shelters to their normal habitats and laying eggs. It is also known as the Fish Moon. Native Americans noted that this was the time of year when fish began to swim upstream to spawn.
Regardless of what name you choose to call it, you'll be able to call it beautiful. You do know the full moon plays a major role in determining the date of Easter each year. Basically, Easter Sunday is the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs after the spring equinox. That's why Easter and by default Mardi Gras, shift dates every year.
And if you're wondering, the "official" full moon phase takes place on Saturday, so this Sunday would meet the requirements noted above for Easter Sunday. And while this full moon might add to the ambience that is a very Holy weekend for many, next months' full moon, the Flower Moon on May 15th might be even more spectacular as astronomers say we can expect a total lunar eclipse.
And if this Easter weekend inspires you to get outdoors with your family, Here are some great suggestions as to where you might take them.
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