The usual statement, that Easter Day is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs next after the vernal equinox, is not a precise statement of the actual ecclesiastical rules. The full moon involved is not the astronomical Full Moon, but an ecclesiastical moon (determined from tables) that keeps, more or less, in step with the astronomical Moon.
The ecclesiastical rules are:
resulting in that Easter can never occur before March 22 or later than April 25. The Gregorian dates for the ecclesiastical full moon come from the Gregorian tables. Therefore, the civil date of Easter depends upon which tables - Gregorian or pre-Gregorian - are used. The western (Roman Catholic and Protestent) Christian churches use the Gregorian tables; many eastern (Orthodox) Christian churches use the older tables based on the Julian Calendar.
The Date of Easter - (by the US Naval Observatory) Easter is an annual festival observed throughout the Christian world. The date for Easter shifts every year within the Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar is the standard international calendar for civil use. In addition, it regulates the ceremonial cycle of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. The current Gregorian ecclesiastical rules that determine the date of Easter trace back to 325 CE at the First Council of Nicaea convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine. At that time the Roman world used the Julian Calendar (put in place by Julius Caesar). . . .
The Easter symbol is the moon. Did you ever wonder why the date of Easter Sunday changes every year? Here's why: Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring.
In Egyptian mythology, the rabbit is the symbol of the moon. That is where the Easter Bunny comes in...
A Kid's Heart - Celebrate the Easter holiday with online games and activities - Hunt for Easter eggs, solve angel jigsaw puzzles, decorate a virtual Easter egg, solve word search and cross word puzzles, and, oh yes, even more!
Absolutely Easter - Easter fun, rabbit village and more!
Angie's Realm - Easter Games - Some fun and easy games for the kids to play at easter including Jelly Bean Easter Egg Hunt, Golden Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny Tag, Easter Egg Toss, Easter Egg Memory Hunt Game, Easter Egg Bowling Match, Easter Candy Toss, more Easter games plus links to even more Easter games.
Bethany Roberts' Easter Fun for Kids - Fun Easter activities for kids- stories, poems, songs, jokes, games, crafts, recipes, ecards, activities
Billy Bear's Happy Easter - Virtual Easter Baskets - You help the Easter Bunny by making Easter Baskets, then send them to your friends! ... Online stories, games, downloadables, printable pages, crafts, and lots more.
Black Dog's Easter Celebration - Let's have some fun - Easter Bunny Tic-Tac-Toe, An Easter Story: Starring YOU; The Bunny Match Game, Easter Puzzles; The Bunny Match Game; Easter Word Search; the Egg Click Game; Egg Mazes; Easter Crossword Puzzles; Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Coloring Book. Also, don't miss the free online downloadables.
Black Dog's Easter Egg Hunt Game - The bunnies have been busy hiding eggs. So many, in fact, that one got lost! The lost egg is hidden somewhere on this page. Your mission is to find the egg and click it to win the prize!
Candy Stand.com Easter Games
Easter @ 20ishparents.com - Free letter from the Easter bunny; coloring pages; egg tips; crafts, recipes, fun games for Easter; and more ideas.
Easter at Alphabet Soup - personalized Easter bunny letters, easter egg hunt, famous bunnies, crafts, recipes, stories, screen savers and lots more!
Easter at Primary Games - Coloring pages, games, musical postcards, stationary and more!
Easter Activity Idea Place - Lots of great craft ideas.
Easter Cards and Graphics - Select from a large assortment of free Easter e-cards, greeting cards, postcards and more!
Easter for Kids - Lots and lots of links to games, crafts, mazes, color pages, etc. Parent and Family Easter links; Kids Exclusive links; Easter egg hunts; fun activities; stories and much, much more!
Easter Fun Room - Marrionette, bunny pudding, cool cookies, hand puppets and Easter baskets.
Eastertime at Alphabet Soup - Personalized Easter bunny letters; Easter egg hunt; greeting cards to send online; Easter books, famous bunnies; poems and songs; games; crafts; stories; recipes, writing paper and more links!
Easter Holiday Fun - Looking for some holiday fun? We have lots of things for you to do! Bunnie's jigsaw puzzle; coloring pages, Henry's egg factory; Easter egg match game; Easter word search; Eggbert's Tic Tac Toe; slide puzzles; egg hunt; and links to springtime games!
Eggs-ellent Easter - To mark the occasion, enjoy fun, food, cards, activities, and traditional information. Lots of links to other Easter sites.
Everything Easter - Lots of links to choose from regarding the meaning of Easter.
Family and Kid's Easter - Easter sites; Easter egg hunts; coloring pages; crafts; games; fun and activities; stories online; books and many more links!
Fun Room Easter Fun - Toys & Gifts, Craft Stuff, Party Stuff, Marionette, Bunny Pudding, Cool Cookies. Coloring Page, Easter Basket and Hand Puppets.
- (click on the picture "Happy Easter") Many Happy Easter links for games, fun, activities, recipes, graphics and much, much more! Also enjoy many egg hunt ideas.
Game: Paint Eggs Using Magic - Will you help me paint these eggs using magic? Click on any one of the colored eggs to begin.
Grade A Large Easter Egg-tivities - Move your cursor over these magical eggs to choose an activity. Click on an egg to begin.
Happy Easter from Black Dog - Features free Easter games and activities, puzzles, mazes, wallpaper, screen savers, print and play downloads, electronic postcards and stationary; and more.
Happy Easter - Enjoy learning about Easter's History and what Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are. Learn how to decorate Easter eggs, the history of the Easter bunny, lots of candy sites (jelly bellies, etc), Easter cards, recipes, Easter games and Easter crafts.
How to Have a Great Egg Hunt - Lots of tips and indoor/outdoor games to play at Easter.
How the Egg Came to Symbolize Easter - The joy and hope of Easter Resurrection has been symbolized for centuries by lambs, rabbits, lilies and crosses. The simple egg, however is perhaps the oldest and most universal symbol of rebirth and new life.
Jerry's Easter Egg Hunt - There are three colors of Easter eggs hidden in the pasture scene below. Two are blue, two are red, and then there is the GOLDEN egg. Can you find all of them? Just click your mouse pointer on the picture at the place where you think an egg is hidden. If you are right, the Easter Bunny will appear to tell you so! Click on flowers, the around the trees, and other places to find the eggs. The GOLDEN EGG is hardest to find, Good luck!
Kids Domain Easter - Lots of online Easter games, crafts, printable puzzles and coloring pages, clip art, stories, and downloads.
Lil' Fingers Easter - Fun storybook with bunnies and chicks, Match the eggs to uncover the bunny rabbit, Scramble up the shells to make funny eggs, and Print out and color eggs, bunnies & chicks!
Old Fashioned Holidays - We believe that celebrating our family traditions, both new and old, is what makes our families unique and bonds us together. This is especially true at the holidays. We have gathered together crafts, recipes, history, and much more to help all of us create those special holiday memories that we treasure forever.
Rosie's Easter Basket - Easter poems and stories; recipes; Easter Eggs; Easter quick notes; Easter egg hunt; and Easter snakes
Squigley's Easter Playhouse - Squigly has some great Easter activities for you. Coloring pictures; puzzles; crafts; postcards; online games, activities and more!
Spring Has Spring -Spring Fling Fun - What kinds of things will your Spring bring? Will the sun shine or Will clouds burst? Will flowers bloom or the ground thirst?
The Basket and More - Spring is here at last...Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the Easter bunny is preparing for the season. We are here to help you create an Easter to remember. Keeping old traditions and starting new ones. There is more to do than just color eggs and eat chocolate bunnies. This year try a new Easter game, or craft as well.
The Big Internet Easter Egg Hunt - On each of the webpages is an Easter egg that will lead you to the next page in the hunt. Sometimes the eggs are large and easy to see,
and sometimes not.
Zaggy's Happy Easter Site - Learn all the symbols of Easter and how they originated! Enjoy Easter recipes, Easter crafts for kids, graphics and lots of fun links to Easter sites.