In ancient times, people across Europe and native Americans used the moon to track the seasons, by noticing that either it is full moon today, or not. In the lunar calendar, names were often given to each month's Moon (though our current calendar is based on Sun and the Solar Year). Snow Moon or Hunger Moon or Storm Moon, as it is generally called, is the first full moon in the month February. It happens when the snow on the ground is deepest due to the typically heavy snowfall of February. On average, February is the USA's snowiest month, according to the National Weather Service. So, it becomes difficult to gather food for some North American tribal people. Thus it is also called the Hunger Moon; others called it the Storm Moon. It is worth mentioning that, the Snow Moon is going to be obvious on 9th February this year.

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Full moon in February_Snow Moon
Full Moon over the Snowy Mountain

Depending on the occurrence month, the farmer's almanac included the different nicknames of the full moon. Although many tribes gave various nicknames, the mostly well known come from the Algonquin tribes of New England and westward to Superior Lake.

Other full moon names for the month February include:
  • Shoulder to Shoulder Around Fire Moon (from the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest).
  • No Snow in Trails Moon (Zuni of the Southwest).
  • Bone Moon (Cherokee, of the Southeast).

Share your further thought about Full Moon in February.


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