Guru Purnima 2017: NASA tweeted about the festival. Find out why.
Guru Purnima is celebrated in India as one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar
. It is celebrated on purnima
or the full moon day in the month of Ashadha
(June-July). While social media in India is full of people talking about the significance of Guru Purnima, there is also an unlikely entrant in this list of people tweeting about it. NASA Moon, NASA's official account about the earth's moon, has tweeted about Guru Purnima 2017 too.
In a tweet posted some 16 hours before writing this, NASA Moon talks about the many names given to the full moon this weekend, including Guru Purnima. Other names for Guru Purnima include Hay Moon, Ripe Corn Moon and Thunder Moon. Accompanying the tweet is a stunning picture of the full moon:
The tweet has been 'retweeted' over 1,000 times. Amongst those who retweeted it is also NASA's official handle. NASA is the common acronym given to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of USA.
Meanwhile, many Indians have applauded NASA for acknowledging Guru Purnima:
Guru Purnima in India is celebrated by holding pujas to honour 'guru' or teachers. Many people fast on the festival, ending it only after the evening puja. Guru Purnima also marks the first day in the peak of the lunar cycle.
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