Learn about the full Moon for May 2019. Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? When is the best time to see the full Moon? Here are Moon facts and folklore from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
The Full Flower Moon
Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? This tradition of naming Moons is rich in history.
We use full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial days to help track the seasons–usually from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the same areas as the Colonists.
Depending on the community, May’s full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May full Moon marked a period of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near aim to late frosts, and plants in bloom.
Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have long honored the Native American Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us.
Learn more about Full Moon names and their meanings.
Moon Phases for May 2019
The May full Moon reaches peak lighting at 5:11 P.M.( EDT) on Saturday, May 18. Wait for the sun to set, then bask in the bright beauty of the Full Flower Moon!
All dates and hours are EDT. See our Moon Phase Calendar for days in your location.
New Moon: May 4, 6:46 P.M. First Quarter: May 11, 9:12 P.M.
Full Moon: May 18, 5:11 P.M.
Last Quarter: May 26, 12:34 P.M.
When is the next full Moon? Find out in our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Flower Moon Video
Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some Moon facts. Click below to watch the video and learn about May’s Full Flower Moon.
Best Days in May 2019
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in May.
For Gardening: Planting aboveground crops: 8, 9 Planting belowground harvests: 26-28 Removing pests and weeds: 1-3, 29, 30 For Setting Eggs: 14-16, 23, 24 For Fishing& Leisure: Fishing: 4-18 Traveling for pleasure: 10, 11 Go camping: 19, 20 See Best Days for more activities.
Full Moon Folklore Clothes rinsed for the first time in the Full Moon will not last long. The Full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.
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