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A blue moon happening on the last day of the year is a rarity.

KOCHI: The year-end brings promises galore because it also marks the beginning of a new year. The new year celebrations reach a crescendo in the night, especially at the stroke of the midnight hour.

This time, there is an added novelty to the celebrations on the last day of the year as it coincides with a full moon day. In fact, there is every reason to be a little more excited. For, it is a blue moon day.

Blue moon, it is said, is the full moon that occurs for the 13th time in a year. Every year has 12 full moons, but the phenomenon of having 13 full moons in a year happens within a span of three years. And, a blue moon happening on the last day of the year is a rarity.

This apart, the day is also special because of a lunar eclipse. While there are quite a few religious notions associated with eclipses in India, the occasion should sound more special to the people who are getting ready to usher in the New Year in style.

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