December 31, 2009, not only will mark the end of the current year, but also qualify (by some definitions) as a "blue moon."
"Once in a Blue Moon" is commonly accepted metaphorically or idiomatically to denote an event that happens only rarely.
While most years have 12 full moons, the "annual excess" of about 11 days results in a month with two full moons every 2.7154 years.
Thus, it is so that on December 31, 2009, we will experience a "blue moon" - the first full moon having taken place on December 1, 2009.
This will be the first time since 1990 when New Year's Eve fell on a "Blue Moon."
Why this infrequent astronomical phenomenon of the second full moon within a single month got labeled "blue" is a topic of popular conjecture. The long-held belief that the moon was made of cheese has prompted some to suggest the moon was made of Stilton or some other blue-veined fromage. Another more plausible explanation ties the event to Indonesia and the two years following the 1883 explosion of the Krakatau volcano when dust particles suspended in the atmosphere caused the moon to look blue in the nighttime sky.
In Bali, any full moon invariably sees an upsurge in special nighttime markets and celebrations used to mark an odalan - the birthday of a Balinese temple. Each Balinese temple has an odalan each year celebrated during one of the Bulan Purnama or full moons.
If you're in Bali on December 31, 2009 (Bulan Purnama Sasih Kapitu) and have made your accommodation bookings with balidiscovery.com, then contact us and we'll give you the name and location of the nearest temple celebrating its odalan on that date. The night market, prayers, colorful offerings and prayers that are de rigueur at every odalan guarantee to create a New Year to remember for you and your family. We'll even arrange Balinese costumes for your entourage and some practical tips on how to truly howl on this full moon.
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