The Moon will be 100% full May 17, 2011 at 4:08 A.M. Las Vegas time.
“Full moon will be on Tuesday! For many Buddhists this is a special day, because the annual holiday Vesakha is celebrated worldwide. According to tradition, Buddha was born on this fourth full moon of the moon calendar, became later enlightened and also passed away on this same day. Although, you may belong to another world religion or no religion at all, you might find some cause for thought in some of Buddhas sentences. We, for example, liked this sentence: “The greatest prayer is patience”. Who could not take some practice in this?”
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.” Two Native tribes are mentioned here – click the WWU link to access more information.
Mohawk, Eastern Woodlands – Mohawk, the most eastern member of the IROQUOIS Confederacy, resided on the banks of the Mohawk River.
According to Western Washington University, the Mohawk name for May’s Moon is “onerahtohko:wa” or “time of big leaf.”
Haida, Northwest Coast – Haida live along the coastal bays and inlets of the HAIDA GWAII of British Columbia (QCI).
According to Western Washington University, the Haida name for May’s Moon is: “ntahálaa kungáay” or “food-gathering moon”
From The Old Farmer’s Almanac
“Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons.”
“Each full Moon name was applied to the entire month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.”
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name for May’s Moon is: Full Flower Moon – “Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes knew this full Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.”
“Moon and the Gods”
“The Moon is rich in history and folklore, and to many sky watchers, the Moon is home to the gods.” read more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac…
The photo at top is of the Full Moon over an abandoned Adobe – near the border at Tucson, AZ.