Full Moon for May 2019

Why Is It Called The Full Flower Moon?

April 1, 2019
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Learn about the full Moon for May 2019. Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? When is the best time to see the full Moon? Here are Moon facts and folklore from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The Full Flower Moon

Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? This tradition of naming Moons is rich in history.

We use full Moon names that were used during Native American and Colonial times to help track the seasons—usually from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the same areas as the Colonists. 

Depending on the community, May’s full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May full Moon marked a time of increasing fertility, with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom. 

Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have long honored the Native American Moon names and the folklore of those who came before us.

Learn more about Full Moon names and their meanings.

Moon Phases for May 2019

The May full Moon reaches peak illumination at 5:11 P.M. (EDT) on Saturday, May 18. Wait for the sun to set, then bask in the bright beauty of the Full Flower Moon!

All dates and times are EDT. See our Moon Phase Calendar for times in your location.

New Moon: May 4, 6:46 P.M.
First Quarter: May 11, 9:12 P.M.
Full Moon: May 18, 5:11 P.M. 
Last Quarter: May 26, 12:34 P.M.

When is the next full Moon? Find out in our Full Moon Dates chart.

Full Flower Moon Video

Each month, we will explain the traditional names of the full Moon along with some Moon facts. Click below to watch the video and learn about May’s Full Flower Moon.

Best Days in May 2019

Below are the best days for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in May.

For Gardening:

  • Planting aboveground crops: 8, 9
  • Planting belowground crops: 26–28
  • Removing pests and weeds: 1–3, 29, 30

For Setting Eggs:

  • 14–16, 23, 24

For Fishing & Leisure:

  • Fishing: 4–18
  • Travel for pleasure: 10, 11
  • Go camping: 19, 20

See Best Days for more activities.


Full Moon Folklore

  • Clothes washed for the first time in the Full Moon will not last long.
  • The Full Moon is an ideal time to accept a proposal of marriage.

Share your thoughts about the Moon below!

Reader Comments

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The Full Moon on May 29th 2018

Why does the Moon look full tonight May 30th 2018 still? I live in Sedalia Mo. 65301 and Moon is beautiful bright big and full.


The Moon changes phases slowly, so it will appear to be full before and after its “peak fullness,” which occurred on the 29th of May.

Full Moons

I have always loved looking at the moon.When I was a little girl riding in the car,I really believed that it followed me! I have shown each grandchild the moon (and stars).My 2 year old great granddaughter loves the moon. I will be watching the moon come up tonight.

Full moon

You gave pics of full moons for most months. What about July ? Is there not a full moon ?

Almanac great site !

I love the info here, when i was just checking date for full moon, duh...and
the comments are terrific too.
thanks for continuing all the sharings you do here!

smart people never take stuff for 'granted' or as 'entitled to'...right ?

in nature's bounty and appreciation to ya alllll...


Why does it always read that the moon phases are in the AM?? Like we can see and appreciate the Full Flower Moon at 10:20 A.M. That's in the daytime....

Full Moon Times

The time of day listed is the point in time when the Moon will be at its fullest according to the lunar cycle. Of course, in this case it will still look like a full Moon the night before and the night after.



Time of the full flower moon rise

So exactly when will this full moon be rising over Lake Michigan herebin Milwaukee WI today?? I’ve never yet been given the correct time, and Ive missed a couple moonrises because of that. Thanks!!

Full Flower Moon

When is the best ime to plant flowers during the Full Flower Moon period?

Full Moon

Parasites greatly multiply during full moon also. Cut down or omit on sugar during at that time.

Why does women go crazy on a

Why does women go crazy on a full or new moon?

The greatest lesson that I

The greatest lesson that I have learned so far is that every single human is at one time or another, crazy. Like my brother who is 33 and still getting arrested for trespassing, drinks tons of pop and smokes too many cigarettes.

Why DO women go crazy on a full or new moon?

Because women are more sensitive to the vibrations emitted by all the planets, and when the moon goes to full, it's like the universe has turned on a gigantic light bulb. It is, however, a great time to ask for whatever you want to manifest in your life. Just face the Old Man in the Moon, and ask. I've done it. It works! Because, we all know God is there...

I am getting married on May

I am getting married on May 21st, 2016. Full moon - Full Flower moon- lots of abundance to bring forth, a time to be creative and bring forth our new life <3

I've always loved the moon

I've always loved the moon and stars. God created this beautiful magnificent world and I thank him for it.

I hear ya

Right, On !

Moon child

I love the moon too! I’m crazy about it’s beauty. I call myself a moon gazer LOL

Please, please, please-- moon

Please, please, please-- moon finder app for Droid???

At your service! We now offer

At your service! We now offer the Full Moon Finder app for android. Scroll to the bottom of this page: http://www.almanac.com/apps

I've always heard that it's

I've always heard that it's best to have surgery during the "light of the moon." Never really understood exactly what that means.

The light of the Moon if from

The light of the Moon if from the date of the new Moon to the date of the full Moon; the dark of the Moon if from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

well i love almanac cause it

well i love almanac cause it keep me update wit the best days for fishing

i love almanac but have you

i love almanac but have you planted when its not ok to see any difference?

I've always planted by the

I've always planted by the almanac and it really does work.

Does it make much difference

Does it make much difference if you plant above ground, the day BEFORE the new moon?

The May full moon, which is

The May full moon, which is in the sign of Scorpio, is the best time to harvest any medicinal herbs/plants because they are at their fullest potency. I usually go out to the woods to harvest my nettles for the year, then (wearing gloves & long sleeves) I strip the leaves and set them in baskets to dry.

I thought scorpio was in

I thought scorpio was in November?