On Sunday, millions of Indians will celebrate Guru Purnima, the first full moon night after the summer solstice. It is celebrated as a day of teachers as students express their gratitude to them. The festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is said that the celebration is related to the yogis worshipping Sage Ved Vyas on this day.
The festival also got attention from unexpected quarters. The US space agency, NASA tweeted out a picture of the full moon as it listed out the various names it is called by, namely Guru Purnima, Hay Moon, Mead Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, Buck Moon and Thunder Moon. The tweet had been retweeted over 5,000 times at the time of publication.
Full moon this weekend - called Guru Purnima, Hay Moon, Mead Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, Buck Moon, or our favorite, ⛈️ THUNDER MOON ⛈️ pic.twitter.com/XLufAdoDEQ
— NASA Moon (@NASAmoon) July 7, 2017
The tweet came from the NASA Moon twitter handle which is dedicated to updates about the moon. It was later retweeted by the official NASA twitter handle too. Now it is doubtful whether NASA meant the tweet as a celebration of the Indian festival, but it was still enough to set off Indian twitterverse.
Some were thankful to NASA for recognising the festival and wished them a happy Guru Purnima as well:
Thankyou for recognising Guru Purnima, or Teacher's Day as per vedic practices. Wish you all a blessed Guru (Teacher) Purnima (Full moon).
— Ajit Kumar Singh (@the_ajitsingh) July 8, 2017
— NarendraShivajiPatel (@nsp2106) July 8, 2017
While others were busy telling NASA about space:
Guru Purnima moon aligns the closest in the night sky to the center of our galaxy - which is the densest (Guru) area of the Milkyway
— Author Ramadas (@sky3102bce) July 7, 2017
— Dileep Kumar (@DileepKumar_) July 8, 2017
Some people were deeply worried about NASA's reputation:
My God. Now, NASA with be labelled a Communal organization, affiliated to RSS.
— Suresh Kochattil (@kochattil) July 8, 2017
Nasa will also lablelled as SANGHI.😀😀
— जयराम खेमका (@JAIRAMKHEMKA) July 8, 2017
— surnermahiteja (@mahiteja022) July 8, 2017
At least one guy got it right though:
This tweet became a news in india !
— Rajjat Karekar (@rajjatkarekar) July 8, 2017
Published Date: Jul 09, 2017 11:43 am | Updated Date: Jul 09, 2017 11:43 am