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The 2016 Farmers Almanac
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Here Comes the Shamrock Moon!

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The “lion” of March has entered, which means voting to name this month’s Full Moon has ended. Readers have overwhelmingly selected the name “Shamrock Full Moon” for this month’s Full Moon, which falls on Monday, March 29th, at 10:25 p.m.

The name “Shamrock Full Moon” was submitted by seven different people, the first of whom, and our winner, was Lisa Chahayed from Hollywood, California. Congratulations!

The traditional full Moon name for March is the Full Worm Moon. That’s because, as the temperature begins to warm, and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. Other names for the March full Moon include the Full Crow Moon, because the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, the Full Crust Moon, because the snow becomes crusted over from thawing by day and freezing at night, the Full Sap Moon, marking the time for tapping maple trees, and the Lenten Moon. No matter what you call it, the March full Moon was traditionally considered to be the last full Moon of winter, though sometimes it actually falls after the spring equinox, as it does this year.

Be sure to visit our “Name That Moon” Contest page between now and March 15 to submit your suggestion for April’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 1919, 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.

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