February’s Full Snow Moon
While January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the heaviest snow usually falls a month later. It’s only natural then, that the name for February’s moon among Native American tribes of the north and east was the Full Snow Moon.
Among the Micmac people of eastern Canada, the driving winds that often accompany February snows led the name Snow-Blinding Moon. Because this month’s typically harsh weather conditions made hunting very difficult, other common names for February’s Moon included the Hunger Moon, Bony Moon, and Little Famine Moon.
To the early American colonists, the optimal time for trapping beaver, fox, and mink, was the dead of winter, when these animals’ coats were at their fullest, so, to them, February’s moon was known as the Trapper’s Moon.