The Full Strawberry Moon
Learn about the Full Moon for June 2020—the Strawberry Moon! Find out more about the June’s full Moon and why it’s special.
Moon Phases for June 2020
See our Moon Phase Calendar to find dates and times by zipcode.
|Full Moon: June 5, 3:12 P.M. EDT|
|Last Quarter: June 13, 2:24 A.M. EDT|
|New Moon: June 21, 2:41 A.M.|
|First Quarter: June 28, 4:16 A.M.|
See our Moonrise & Moonset Calculator to see when the Moon rises in your location.
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
What is the Full Strawberry Moon?
The June Full Moon or the last full Moon of spring is called the Full Strawberry Moon.
This name originated with the Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries.
An old European name for this Moon is the Honey Moon or the Mead Moon. It has also been called the Full Rose Moon in Europe.
(Mead is a drink created by fermenting honey mixed with water, sometimes with fruits, spices, grains, or hops.)
Did You Know: June was traditionally the month of marriages. Following marriage came the “honeymoon,” which may be tied to this full Moon!
Where Did Full Moon Names Come From?
Naming the full Moons is an age-old practice, nothing new. Ancient peoples commonly tracked the seasons by following the lunar calendar (versus today’s Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar).
For millennia, people across the world—including Native Americans—named the months after nature’s cues. Later, Colonial Americans adopted many of the Native American names and incorporated them into the modern calendar, as you will see in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, founded in 1792 during George Washington’s presidency.
Full Strawberry Moon Video
Learn more about how the full Strawberry Moon name originated, along with some fascinating Moon facts, in our short video here:
Best Days in June 2020
Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in June.
|Cutting Hay||14, 15|
|Setting Eggs||1, 9, 10, 29|
Some Moon Folklore
- A growing Moon and a flowing tide are lucky times to marry.
- Days following both the New and Full Moons are most likely to be rainy or stormy.
- Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full.
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