Tomorrow — Saturday, May 18th — is the full moon in May this year. There is a traditional annual Buddhist commemoration of the full moon in May called Vesākha in Pali, the language of the oldest Buddhist scriptures — or often simply Vesak today. It is often a two-day celebration — the day of the full moon and the following day.
Vesakha commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and entry into Nirvana at death of the Buddha Gautama.
In Buddhist writings and art, the full moon — or simply a circle like it — is often a symbol of enlightenment.
Traditionally, the full moon of May is called the “Flower Moon,” because of all the flowers blooming in May. But tomorrow’s moon is unusual. It will be a “blue” Flower Moon — in this case the third of four full moons in spring. That is even more rare than an ordinary blue moon, which is the second of two full moons in a month. So please enjoy this “Blue Flower Moon.”