The habit of "naming" each full moon of the year is a practice that originated with the Algonquin tribes throughout the northern and eastern United States as a way to keep track of the seasons. This month's Full Pink Moon gets its name 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.
Unfortunately, the "pink" is in name only and the moon will not actually appear pink, lol. Well...PROBABLY not, anyway since sometimes under certain conditions, pollution can cause the moon to take on an eerie salmon glow.
|Wild Ground Phlox, Weston Nurseries|
UPDATE: According to the local news, in a complete twist the fate, the Pink Moon actually DID take on a pinkish glow for awhile!