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Photo: HikoPhotography (Shutterstock) April’s full Moon rises on Saturday, April 16, and reaches peak illumination at 2:57 p.m. ET. Lifehack: Enjoy the Pink Moon’s peak illumination while listening to Nick Drake’s seminal, bittersweet 1972 album Pink Moon— there are way worse things you could be doing at 3 a.m. in the springtime. Why is April’s full moon called the “Pink Moon”? Even though it’s called the “Pink Moon,” April’s full moon does not appear pink (a rip-off, if you ask me.) According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac , its name refers to the early spring bloom of pink wildflowers called creeping phlox that appear at this time of year around the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia. April’s moon and Easter and Passover April’s full moon is called the Paschal Moon in the West. In the Jewish and Christian faiths, the full moon after the spring equinox determines the dates of both Easter and Passover. Passover this year is celebrated between April 15 and April 23, with the seder set for April 15 and 16 to correspond with the full moon. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox. This year, that’s April 17, so get your church shoes ready. Other names for April’s full Moon Most commonly used moon monikers come from indigenous Americans, and they’re actually the names of the entire month instead of the moon. The Dakota call April “Moon When the Streams Are […]