Learn more 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.
Moon Phase Dates and Times for May 2019
All dates and times are ET. See the Moon Phase Calendar for your location.
||New Moon: May 4, 6:45 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.|
For your next full Moon, see our Full Moon Dates chart.
Full Flower Moon Name
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 lives in the same areas.
Depending on the tribe, May’s Full Moon was called the Full Flower Moon as well as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon. The May 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.
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.
Aboveground crops: 8, 9
Belowground crops: 26–28
For Setting Eggs:
- 14–16, 23, 24
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.
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