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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Welcome the New Beginnings Moon!

Welcome the New Beginnings Moon!

The New Year has begun, and voting to name January’s Full Moon has ended. Readers have overwhelmingly selected the name “New Beginnings Moon” for this month’s Full Moon, which falls on Saturday, January 30, at 1:18 a.m.

The name “New Beginnings Full Moon” was submitted by 13 different people, the first of whom, and our winner, was Noel Whearty. Congratulations!

The most well known traditional name for January’s Full Moon is the “Wolf Moon,” so called because this was the lean time of year when hungry wolf packs howled outside Indian villages at night. Other popular traditional names include the “Old Moon” and the “Moon After Yule.” Some called January’s Moon the “Full Snow Moon,” but that name is more commonly associated with February’s Full Moon.

Be sure to visit our “Name That Moon” Contest page between now and January 15 to submit your suggestion for February’s Full Moon!

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.