What is Worm Moon?

The final full moon of the winter season, called the Worm Moon, was visible on March 6 and 7. Each year, the timing varies between late February to late March. The name of this full moon is derived from the time it appears in the year when winter subsides in the Northern hemisphere, leading to the earthworms emerging from the ground as the soil softens.

Association of Worm moon with weather events

Tribes named each full moon after the weather events occurring during that time. March’s full moon is also referred to as the Sap Moon since it is when the sap of sugar maples starts flowing, and as the crow, crust, and sugar moon.

Is Worm moon a supermoon?

No. Supermoons occur when the moon is the closest to the earth. In 2023, there will be four supermoons. And they will occur during the months of July, August, and September. The August Super moon will be a blue moon. When the moon appears bluish due to the dust particles in the atmosphere, it is called a blue moon. Blue moons are rare and occur once in two to three years. The last blue moon occurred in 2021 and was due to volcanic eruptions.  In 1950-51, a blue moon occurred due to forest fires.

Festivals associated with worm moon

In India, Holi is celebrated during the worm moon. Jews celebrate the Purim festival during the worm moon period. The festival is celebrated to mark the salvation of the Jews who escaped the plot of killing in Persia. In Europe, the fasting period before easter begins on worm moon and they call it the LENTEN MOON. Buddhists in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Thailand celebrate Magha Puja on worm moons. It is celebrated to mark a gathering of Lord Buddha and his disciples.



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