At 6.08am the moon was clearly visible and heralded the start of a number of religious holidays.
We may no longer follow a moon calendar, but April’s Pink Moon is still very significant in dictating religious holidays and other dates. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox – which will be April 16 this year.
While the April full moon also dictates the beginning of the Jewish Passover, and the Hindu Hanuman festival.
For those of us who were up early enough to actually see the moon, it will not have escaped you that the moon was not actually pink.
It’s name actually derives from the Native American practice of giving titles to full moons and the term comes from the moss pink herb, or wild ground phlox flower, which is widespread by spring.
Other names for this particular orb include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Full Fish Moon.
What are full moons called and when are they in 2017?
Jan 12: Wolf Moon
Feb 10: Snow Moon
Mar 12: Worm Moon
Apr 11: Pink Moon
May 10: Flower Moon
Jun 9: Strawberry Moon
Jul 9: Buck Moon
Aug 7: Sturgeon Moon
Sep 6: Harvest Moon
Oct 5: Hunter’s Moon
Nov 4: Beaver Moon
Dec 3: Cold Moon