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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Goodbye Strawberry Moon, Hello Firefly Moon

Goodbye Strawberry Moon, Hello Firefly Moon

The official start to summer is almost here, and voting to name June’s Full Moon has ended. Readers chose the name “Full Firefly Moon” for this month’s full Moon, which falls on Saturday, June 26th, at 7:30 a.m.

The name “Full Firefly Moon” was submitted by Marcy Woodard. Congratulations! Other finalists were School’s Out Moon, Fathers’ Moon, and Bridal Moon.

The traditional full Moon name for June is the Full Strawberry Moon because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June. This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe, but in Europe they called it the Rose Moon.

The idea behind the Farmers’ Almanac Name that Moon Contest was to come up with more up-to-date names for the full Moons, not as a replacement for the traditional names, but as modern alternatives that better reflect today’s activities and values. Some things are timeless, though, like watching fireflies light up the sky on a warm summer night.

Of course, strawberries are still a popular treat during this time of year. Why not head outside this month and enjoy a bowl of strawberries while watching the fireflies? And be sure to visit our Name that Moon Contest page today to submit your suggestion for July’s full Moon name.

1 comment

1 Valarie Dennard { 06.26.10 at 7:09 pm }

A Firefly Moon – love it! I remember warm, summer nights when my brother & I would catch fireflies and put them in Mason jars and the magic and wonder of watching them light up….sweet childhood memories. ♥

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