The many names of the Guru Purnima full moon

  • NASA tweeted a picture of the full moon mentioning Guru Purnima, which is celebrated during the full moon day in the month of Ashadh.
  • It’s known as the birthday of Veda Vyasa, and is dedicated to teachers to pay respect and show gratitude to them.
  • NASA, however, did not stick to Guru Purnima alone, but tweeted about its many other names from different traditions, including their ‘favourite’ — Thunder Moon.
  • Thunder Moon because thunder storms are frequent at this time of the year.
  • The name Hay Moon comes from harvest season as farmers bale hay for coming winter in parts of the world.
  • It’s also the month when Native Americans harvest corn and so it’s also called Ripe Corn Moon.
  • Also called Buck Moon or Full Buck Moon among the Native Americans as this is the time male deer grow antlers.
  • This is when the large beehives are formed and the fermented honey is used to produce a type of wine called Mead and that’s how the full moon gets it name of Mead Moon.


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