Each month, the moon reveals its full form for 24 hours. And each of the twelve full moons has a nickname. If the April full moon is called a red or pink moon, it is, in part, because of the hue it wears. It is true that the satellite is dressed in red, pink and even copper colors. In the lunar calendar, this annual phenomenon marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of spring days.
The “red moon” connotation is special, compared to other full moons. It designates, of course, the reddish shade with which the moon dresses during its complete form. However, the red moon also signifies the period which begins after the Easter celebrations. Indeed, in the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday follows the first new moon of spring. In addition, another area closely observes the red moon and extends it: agriculture. It should be noted that during this period, a red tint colors the plants which has nothing to do with the color of the lunar star.
What are the effects of the red moon?
The red moon period is indeed very important and sensitive for farmers. While the young shoots and buds emerge valiantly, the nights remain chilly and wintry. Thus, during the red moon, when the sky is clear at night, the temperatures are balanced by radiation. Only, in the absence of clouds, this radiation can cause night or morning frost. This phenomenon then makes the young shoots scorch, as if they had been burned. Therefore, the Red Moon period extends beyond the Full Flower Moon on May 5 this year. Indeed, just before mid-May, three dates prove to be of extreme importance: the ice saints. Every year, May 11, 12 and 13 are usually considered the dates of the last frosts. As a result, the red moon will end on the next new moon, May 19, 2023.
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