March: Harvest Moon

During March the harvesting of various summer grains is in full swing in South Africa although some might already be finished, because the summer grains are not all harvested in one specific month.

Grains such as maize, sorghum and millet are staple foods for many South Africans.

Summer grains were harvested by indigenous people in a fairly large portion of pre-colonial South Africa long before any of the other crops had been planted.

The second Full Moon in March is the Ochre Moon.


Date of Harvest Moon (2020–2050)

2020 Mar 09, 19:48
2021 Mar 28, 20:48
2022 Mar 18, 09:12
2023 Mar 07, 14:36
2024 Mar 25, 09:00
2025 Mar 14, 08:54
2026 Mar 03, 13:42
2027 Mar 22, 12:48
2028 Mar 11, 03:06
2029 Mar 30, 04:24
2030 Mar 19, 19:54
2031 Mar 09, 06:30
2032 Mar 27, 02:42
2033 Mar 16, 03:36
2034 Mar 05, 04:12
2035 Mar 23, 00:42

2036 Mar 12, 11:12
2037 Mar 31, 11:54
2038 Mar 21, 04:12
2039 Mar 10, 18:36
2040 Mar 28, 17:06
2041 Mar 17, 22:18
2042 Mar 06, 22:06
2043 Mar 25, 16:30
2044 Mar 13, 21:42
2045 Mar 03, 09:54
2046 Mar 22, 11:30
2047 Mar 12, 03:36
2048 Mar 30, 04:06
2049 Mar 19, 14:18
2050 Mar 08, 17:24


During March, we also celebrate World Meteorological Day (Mar 23) and Earth Hour (Mar 28, 20:30 – 21:30).



Heritage Full Moons in South Africa

MonthFirst Full MoonSecond Full Moon
JanuaryMantis MoonLeopard Moon
FebruaryDassie Moon——
MarchHarvest MoonOchre Moon
AprilDiamond MoonGold Moon
MayFrost MoonFire Moon
JuneSisters MoonHoney Moon
JulyMeerkat MoonProtea Moon
AugustPeace MoonDusty Moon
SeptemberSpring MoonBlue Crane Moon
OctoberWhale MoonElephant Moon
NovemberMilk MoonWool Moon
DecemberSpringbok MoonEland Moon

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