"harvest moon" because the time between successive moonrises is shorter
in autumn than the rest of the year. Normally 50 minutes, the time
between twilight and moonrise shortens to about 30 minutes. Before farm
equipment had headlights, this allowed the farmers longer hours to
revered, some folks do not look at the harvest moon with much romance.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, if the Harvest moon occurs in
September it may also be called the Full Corn or Full Barley Moon. If
it occurs in October, it may be called the Hunter's or Blood Moon,
Traveler's Moon or Dying Grass Moon.
Astronomers would argue that even
though we have different names for the various moons we see throughout
the year-there is only one moon. And though we agree that the moon does
not change shape or size, scientists argue as to why the Harvest Moon
appears larger and brighter than other times of the year, a phenomena
called the "moon illusion".
Harvest Moon is celebrated around the world. Succoth is the Jewish
Harvest Festival. The Chinese celebrate Harvest Moon Festival. It is
fabled in Chinese mythology that Chang Er took a pill to become a fairy
and flew to the moon allowing her to escape her husband. Chang Er, it
is believed, can be seen in the moon when it is brightest in
romantics believe that the Harvest Moon signals the best time to think
about cuddling again.
Shine on, shine on harvest moon up in the sky,
I ain't had
no lovin' since January, February, June or July.
ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon
So shine on, shine
on harvest moon,
For me and my gal.