The first lunar eclipse of 2022 occurred on the intervening night of May 15-16. During the lunar eclipse, the Moon was scarlet in color, in stark contrast to its usual milky white appearance. It emitted a reddish hue just before the total eclipse, which is why it is known as the “Blood Moon”.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon, Earth, and Sun align, with the Moon passing through Earth’s shadow. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, known as the umbra, according to NASA.
The total lunar eclipse was not visible in India. It has been seen in various parts of the world, including South and North America, Antarctica, Europe, Africa, and the Eastern Pacific.
While eclipses are a celestial event for skygazers, they are also associated with many myths. However, none of the dos and don’ts is scientifically substantiated. A lunar eclipse is completely safe and has no consequences. However, traditional mythology and religious texts view eclipses as a bad omen, so some rules have been established.
Here’s a list of dos and don’ts to watch out for:
1) Many people feel that they should not leave the house because it can emit harmful rays.
2) There is a myth that children are not allowed to leave the house during the lunar eclipse, nor that they are only allowed to look at it.
3) Some households believe that no puja or other auspicious activities should be performed during this time.
4) It is a common misconception that pregnant women should avoid the house during the solar eclipse.
5) Some families believe in chanting sacred mantras and meditating for hours to ward off evil energy.
6) Some people believe in closing the curtains during the eclipse.
7) Many households believe that bathing before and after the eclipse is beneficial.
8) Some people believe that the powerful rays of cosmic planets during an eclipse can damage the properties of food, so eating meals should be avoided. This claim also lacks scientific support.
9) Many households believe that holy basil leaves or seeds should be added to food to clear the negativity after the eclipse.
In general, unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to observe with the naked eye.