One such bomb of nature is a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse takes place when the Moon moves in the Earth’s shadow. The Earth must be directly between the Sun and the Moon, and a Lunar Eclipse can only take place during a Full Moon. There are three types of lunar eclipse: penumbra, partial and total.
The first total lunar eclipse of 2021 is expected to take place today (May 26). A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and its shadow covers the Moon. It will be a particularly superlunar event, as it will be both a super moon, a lunar eclipse, and a red blood moon. It will be visible in India, much of Europe, Asia, Australia, North Africa, West Africa, North America, South America, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Arctic. The eclipse will begin at 2:17 a.m., according to Indian Standard Timing (IST), and will be visible until 7:19 p.m.
There are many food myths and beliefs associated with a lunar eclipse. Here is a look at a few of them.
1. One of the most popular beliefs is that you should not eat at all during a lunar eclipse. However, according to the Astronomical Society of India, this is just a superstition that has its roots in the pre-electric era. Meanwhile, people thought it was harmful to eat in the dark as there was a chance that it could have been spoiled by bugs or other contaminants.
2. Another popular belief is that pregnant women should not go out, eat or drink for fear of harm to the fetus. According to many doctors, many of their patients do not go out during a lunar eclipse. While they do not object to patients staying indoors, they do advise women to eat and drink normally to avoid weakness that could harm their unborn child.
3. Many people believe that cooking food and cutting fruits and vegetables should not be done during a lunar eclipse. It is said that harmful radiation during the eclipse can spoil food and make it unfit for consumption. However, modern scientific experts have rejected such beliefs, claiming that celestial bodies move all the time, and selected incidents like the lunar eclipse leave no impact on food.
4. In order to prevent food contamination during a lunar eclipse, many people add tulsi or turmeric leaves to them. This is done because both are believed to be natural immunity boosters rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Many people also avoid consuming raw foods, certain fruits and vegetables during a lunar eclipse. It is assumed that the moon’s rays can ruin them and make them unfit for consumption. The same goes for alcohol, non-vegetarian products, or anything else that takes a long time to digest.