Various parameters are used to determine whether the Moon is a supermoon or not. Some publications about this time’s full moon moon are telling it to be the last of the four supermoons of this year. Other publications have a different opinion about this, saying that this time it is much farther from Earth than the last three supermoons.
Whether it is called a supermoon or something else is a different matter. But NASA says about it that according to the Earth-based longitude, it will appear red in color moving in the opposite direction of the Sun, like strawberries. One of its historical names is Honey Moon which is known worldwide.
In the context of India, it is called Vat Purnima. During these three days married Hindu women show their love for their spouse by tying a ritualistic thread around the banyan tree. This festival is related to the story of Savitri and Satyavan mentioned in the epic Mahabharata.
According to the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, published from the 1930s, the Algonquin tribes of the northeastern United States called it Strawberry Moon, referring to the short harvesting season for strawberries in the region.
The old name of this full moon in Europe is Honey Moon or Mead Moon. Some writings suggest that honey was ready to be collected around this time of year. From there Purnima got its name. Mead is a type of beverage prepared by fermentation of honey mixed with fruits, spices, grains or hops.
The tradition of calling the first month of marriage a “honeymoon” can be linked to this full moon because of the practice of getting married in June. Also, because this moon is the “sweetest” moon of the year, it can also be added.
In some European countries it is also known as Rose Moon. The name probably comes from the roses that bloom around this time of year or the red color that the moon bears.
Other seasonal names
According to NASA’s blog, some other names of this full moon are Flower Moon, Hot Moon, Ho Moon and Planting Moon.
Buddhists call it Posan Poya which is probably based on the Posan holiday in Sri Lanka. Which is celebrated as a celebration of the beginning of Buddhism in 236 BC.
One tribe, which lived mostly in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States but is now scattered, calls it the LRO Moon in honor of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. He launched it towards the Moon in June 2009. According to NASA, LRO is still orbiting the Moon.