Pictured are petards exploding in the sky in front of the full moon during the feast of St. Leonard celebrations in Malta.

The feast of St. Leonard celebrates Leonard of Noblac, a first century nobleman in the court and founder of the Merovingian dynasty. According to romance Leonard convinced the first king of the Franks, Clovis I, to give him the right to liberate prisoners whom he would find worthy of it, at any time. A number of prisoners’ release could be attributed to Leonard, who became their patron saint. Legend says that prisoners who invoked Leonard saw their chains break before their very eyes and would go to Leonard with their chains as a sign of homage.

At the time Leonard was offered a bishopric, but declined and entered a monastery instead, to eventually become a hermit living in the forest of Limousin, where he is believed to have gathered a number of followers.

Today St. Leonard is celebrated is many parts of Europe, including Malta, England and Italy.

The image above captures the August full moon above Malta during this festival.

Did you know: Some Native American tribes called the August full moon the “Sturgeon Moon”. This is attributed to how readily sturgeon (fish) were available in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain in the USA during the August full moon.

Check out more pictures of the moon during August on The Boston Globe’s Big Picture feature, by clicking here.

Image credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Source: The Boston Globe