It’s a Pink Moon
Last night was a Full Pink Moon.
I took one look when I saw this statement on Facebook, and started humming Nick Drake’s Classic to myself…
I’m sure I wasn’t alone in making this connection. So just what is a Pink Moon and where does its name come from? It’s the full moon in April and gets its name from herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox.
From Farmers’ Almanac:
• Full Pink Moon – April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
So there you have it.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t believed to be what Drake had in mind when he wrote the song, although nobody really knows!
You can listen to the whole of Nick Drake’s album Pink Moon on Spotify.