The ‘Pink Moon is on its way‘ as Nick Drake once sang.
On April 11th every year, the moon turns what is known as ‘millennial pink’ and is seen as a sign of renewal and regeneration. A fresh start after the challenges of the winter months.
According to Bustle:
The Pink Moon also dictates the beginning of the Jewish Passover, and the Hindu Hanuman festival. In Arabic-speaking Islamic traditions, the night of the full moon is called badr, for full, but the root of the word also has connotations of health and beauty, according to Space.com. Additionally, April was known by the Old English name ēastre-monaþ, or “Easter month” by Christians in England.
If you’re wondering why full moons have different names, the answer lies in basic survival tactics. Lunar cycles were named by Native Americans, who used the moon to track seasons so they would know when to plant, and when to harvest, during different times of the year. Many tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although due to people being isolated in their own regions (you know, before phones and the internet) not all tribes followed the same lunar calendar.
All of which is beautiful and full of sentiment, but Space.com have an analytical breakdown for all of the science buffs out there.
Technically, the full phase — when the moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth as the sun — happens at 2:08 a.m. EDT (0608 GMT). For skywatchers on the West Coast, the moon will reach peak fullness at 11:08 p.m. PDT on Monday (April 10). That said, the moon will appear full to casual observers everywhere from April 10 to April 12.
In many cultures, people named the full moons as they happened throughout the year; it was a way to keep time. Now we sometimes use nicknames derived from Native American myth or old European folk tales. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the April full moon is known as the Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of a flower called the moss pink, or phlox. That’s likely a Native American tradition because phlox is common in North America and Siberia, as opposed to Europe. It is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon.
April full moons mark festivals and holidays in other parts of the world: in India, Hindus celebrate the birth of Hanuman in a festival called Hanuman Jayanti. The April full moon will also mark the beginning of Passover for the Jewish people. In Arabic-speaking Islamic traditions, the night of the full moon is called badr, for full, but the root of the word also has connotations of health and beauty, says Fadwa El Guindi in “By Noon Prayer: The Rhythm of Islam.”
For Christians in England, April was known by the Old English name ēastre-monaþ, or “Easter month.” The date of Easter is the first Sunday following the full moon that itself follows the vernal equinox, on March 21. This year Easter falls on April 16, a week after the full moon. (Sc. Space.com)