Harvest Moon, North America

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Harvest Moon

***** Location: North America
***** Season: Mid-Autumn
***** Category: Heavens


Full Harvest Moon - September
This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon.


The Harvest Moon
occurs for about a week during the month of September at a time when farmers are busy gathering their crops for the upcoming winter. "Harvest Moon" is the name given to the full moon occurring nearest the autumnal equinox (around September 23rd) and it marks the first day of fall. Many years ago before the invention of electricity or farm equipment with lights, the stronger light of the harvest moon made it possible for the farmers to extend their work day well into the evening.

This phenomenon is caused when the full moon of mid September rises to the same level on the east horizon as the position of the sun as it's setting on the west horizon. The display produces an attractive moonrise and sunrise together at about the same time each evening for several evenings in a row.

Worldwide use

Things found on the way

Shine On Harvest Moon
Words & Music by Jack Norworth & Nora Bayes-Norworth, 1908

Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky
I ain't had no lovin' since January, February,
June, or July
Snow time ain't no time to sit
Outdoors and spoon
Shine on, shine on harvest moon
For me and my gal



loved ones return home
harvest moon rises
over the bridge

DeVar Dahl -Canada-


Harvest moon
shared with a stranger
bus window

Kiyoshi Fukuzawa (Tokyo)

There are a lot more haiku about the MOON on this Link.


still pond
she walks ankle-deep
in the harvest moon

Dustin Neal , October 2006
Editor of Clouds Peak


young clouds polish
the harvest moon

Paul Hunter, October 2006


oh, mister harvest moon !
you are racing so-o-o fast
through the rain clouds

Gabi Greve, 2006. Look at it HERE !

Related words

The Japanese Meigetsu 名月 is sometimes translated as "Harvest Moon".

See the MOON entry for more information !

. World Kigo Database .

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