Full Moon – Sunday 17th April 2011 – 100% Full at 7:44 P.M. Las Vegas time

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Full Moon over an abandoned adobe - near Tucson, AZ
Full Moon over an abandoned adobe, near Tucson, AZ

From Western Washington University:

“American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here are titles most closely associated with calendar months.”
Click the link to see the full list of titles.

From the Abenaki (Northeast, Maine) people, the name for April’s Moon is “sogalikas” or “sugar maker moon.”

Unidentified Native American woman
Unidentified Native American woman

The Zuni (Southwest, New Mexico) word for April’s Moon is “li’dekwakkya lana” or “great sand storm (moon.)”

From The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “The • Full Pink Moon – April – This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.”

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Full Moon Facts
Great site for Full Moon information.
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