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Remember to look up: April’s full ‘pink’ moon to reach its peak Tuesday night

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The beauty of another full moon is upon us, and this one has such a sweet name to signify spring!

According to NASA, April’s moon is commonly known as the ‘Pink Moon’ in North America, and although it’s not actually pink, it is associated with specific spring blooms.

The blooms in question grow from the herb moss pink, also known as creeping phlox, moss phlox or mountain phlox—it’s a plant native to the eastern US and is one of the earliest widespread flowers of spring. 

Indigenous tribes living across the northeastern side of the US named the Pink Moon after this moss. 

It will reach its peak on Tuesday, April 23rd—set to rise at 8:28 p.m. according to Time and Date Victoria

The April full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon, the Pesach or Passover Moon, the Hanuman Jayanti Festival Moon, and Bak Poya.  

Passover begins at sundown on Monday, April 22nd and ends at nightfall on April 30th.

The Hanuman Jayanti festival marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman. 

Bak Poya is important for Buddhists, especially in Sri Lanka, and commemorates when the Buddha visited Sri Lanka and settled a dispute between chiefs, avoiding a war. 

Whichever name you prefer, it is the perfect opportunity to honour the lengthening days and warming weather as we dive into a new season! 

If you’re looking for places to view the full moon tomorrow night, consider taking a look at one of our past viewing-point articles!

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