Flower Moon (May) History, Origin, Name, Dates and Calendar

Flower Moon Name Origin

What is a Flower Moon? The full moon that appears in May is called the Flower Moon. May’s abundant blooms give its full moon the name Flower Moon in many cultures.


Flower Moon Name Variations

The Flower Moon of May is sometimes referred to as the Corn Planting Moon because corn is ready to plant. Other full moon names include the Hare Moon, the Corn Planting Moon, and the Milk Moon.

When is the next Flower Moon?

The Flower Moon dates are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full moon dates shift from year to year. For Flower Moon times in your city, please use the Time Zone Converter. You may also simply subtract five (5) hours to get to U.S. Eastern Time.

Full Moon Lunation Year Date Time
Flower Moon 2011 May 17 11:09 Tue
Flower Moon 2012 May 6 03:35 Sun
Flower Moon 2013 May 25 04:25 Sat
Flower Moon 2014 May 14 19:16 Wed
Flower Moon 2015 May 4 03:42 Mon
Flower Moon 2016 May 21 21:15 Sat
Flower Moon 2017 May 10 21:43 Wed
Flower Moon 2018 May 29 14:20 Tue
Flower Moon 2019 May 18 21:11 Sat
Flower Moon 2020 May 7 10:45 Mon

Popular Full Moon Names

The naming of the Flower Moon has a pretty interesting history. Do you want to learn about other Full Moon names? If so, check out the following full moon names: Wolf Moon, Snow Moon, Worm Moon, Pink Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Buck Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Harvest Moon, Hunters Moon, Beaver Moon, Cold Moon, and, of course, the Blue Moon!

Full Moon Names History

Flower Moon (May)


Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Wolf Moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.

Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.


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