Easter occurs on a different Sunday each
year. It is celebrated on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon after March
21st (the first day of spring). The Roman Emperor Constantine, who was a Christian, set
this date for Easter back in the year 325 A.D. Most churches have followed his rule ever
With all the parades and customs, though,
Easter is still mainly a time to celebrate new life. Spring is in the air. The long days
of winter and of Lent are over. It is a day to remember the man who was born on Christmas,
died on Good Friday, and rose again on Easter Sunday. Spring and
the rituals of Easter Bunnies and egg hunts signify re-birth
and a new time to reflect and renew.
How did eggs come to be part of the
Easter celebration? Perhaps because they are the symbol of new life. Christ's resurrection
was a new life. Also, Easter comes at the beginning of spring, when all of nature comes to
life after the cold winter.
Brightly colored Easter eggs are another part
of the celebration. In some areas they are given out on Easter morning. In other places,
they are hidden, and children must hunt for them. Egg-rolling is another Easter pastime.
Each year, an egg-rolling contest is held on the lawn of the White House in Washington.
Contests are also held in England and Germany.
Cake Decorating Tip
Don't have time to decorate? Here is an easy way to decorate a store bought or homemade cake. Purchase an extra Foil Balloon that matches the theme of your party. Cut out the design, spray the back with vegetable oil and place on top of the cake.