In the 1930’s the Maine Farmer’s Almanac began publishing “Indian” Moon names for each month of the year. The tribes of the northeastern United States called this Snow Moon or Storm Moon (also Hunger Moon) because of the heavy snows that fall in this season and difficult hunting opportunities.
The Purim holiday in the Hebrew calendar, marks the Jewish people’s deliverance from a royal death decree around the fourth century BCE, as told in the Book of Esther. It is celebrated by exchanging gifts of food and drink, feasting, and donating to charity. The Chinese Lantern Festival, is a traditional end of the Chinese New Year celebration held on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese Calendar. The full Moon (Purnima) is Magha Purnima, the last day of the month of Magha in the Hindu-Buddist calendars. Magha is the lunar month when the full Moon is in the lunar mansion that contains the star we call Regulus. For Hindus, Magha is a month for austerity, performing acts of charity, and ritual bathing at holy riverside locations. For Buddhists, this full Moon corresponds with Māgha Pūjā, the second-most important festival of the year & is also celebrated on the full Moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Sri Lankar It celebrates a gathering of the Buddha with 1,250 of his first disciples, which preceded the custom of periodic recitation of discipline by monks. On this day, Buddhists celebrate the creation of an ideal and exemplary community.
In USA – vampires – a full moon (and being well fed) means their strength is at its fullest, whilst a moonless night could influence their desire for nourishment through blood; our werewolves – folks bit by a werewolf will turn into their wolf roots & howl at the moon. Well let’s ask ourselves – does the full moon really cause us to do strange things? Cocktail Specials – Bloody Moony – Brandy, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, etc.; Cherry Moon – Brandy, grenadine, lemon-lime soda; Eclipse Night – Copper & Kings Immature Brandy, CB Frost brandy, crème de cassis; Harvest Moon – Applejack, cinnamon bitters, apple cider; Super Moon – Brandy, Cointreau, cream of coconut, lime juice; Brandy by the glass special (with or without ice) Ginger, Coffee, or Plum.