A full moon in China traditionally symbolises family reunion.
In recent years, it has also led to moon names infiltrating pop culture, with the first full moon of the year apparently dubbed the "wolf moon" - here's everything you need to know.
January's full moon, which has also been called the Freeze Moon, the Frost Exploding Moon and the Cold Moon, earned the Wolf Moon moniker from people who heard wolves howling more often during this time of the year.
The full moon will rise in the east after sunset Thursday but will appear full Wednesday evening as well, according to EarthSky.
Unfortunately for us in Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton, this month's Wolf Moon might prove hard to view at any time during the next few days.
The second full moon of the season, known variously as the Wolf, Snow or Hunger Moon, will look visibly full on January 27 and 28, but in astronomical terms it is at its fullest on January 28 at 11:16 a.m., Pacific time, when daytime might make it a bit hard to see.
The January wolf moon is the first of 12 full moons that will appear in 2021.
Some tribes referred to the full January moon as the "snow moon", but that nickname is more common for the February full moon.
All full moons have generated a variety of nicknames dating back to the days when Native American tribes and Colonial Americans would name each moon based on weather conditions, farming routines and hunting trends during that time of year.
"Full moon names were used to describe and remember what happened in the past and to remind of what was likely to come in the near future".