Hopefully the full moon’s name will be the only snow we see on Seabrook this year. After a rainout in November, a busy December and a fridgid January, we are ready to resume a nice bonfire on the beach with friends and neighbors. We will start the bonfire near sunset and will go on until at least 9:00. The bonfire will be between Boardwalk 1 and 2. People ask if bonfire will be held if it’s cold or rainy….if the weather is so cold (i.e. below 40) or rain is threatening, the bonfire will be cancelled as no one would be comfortable attending.
To keep things simple, each person brings what you want: food, drinks, chairs and a stick of firewood for a big bonfire. Nothing will be provided but a beautiful beach, a bonfire and, hopefully, a full moon.
Put these dates for the Full Moon Bonfires on your calendar:
Thursday, March 21 (scheduled a day after full moon to avoid conflict with SINHG)
Saturday, April 20 (scheduled a day after full moon to avoid conflict with Good Friday)
Saturday, May 18
There’s always plenty of room on the beach for everyone, so invite a friend or bring your house guests.
How the Full Moon got its name
Per Old Farmers Almanac (https://www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names):
February – Full Snow Moon – Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.
It will also be a so-called “supermoon,” which means the moon is at its closest point in its orbit to Earth. In fact, the February’s full moon is the nearest, largest, and brightest full moon of the year! Technically, it’s the second of three supermoons to occur in 2019 (January, February, March).
I found another web site (http://newsclipper.hubpages.com/hub/The-Moon-Facts-Trivia-and-Folklore) This site also says the Cherokee Indians called it the Bony Moon and the English Medieval name was Storm Moon.
Another web site (https://www.space.com/16830-full-moon-calendar.html) says the Chinese call it Budding Moon.
-Submitted by Judy Morr