The calculations are a bit complex, and I confess I find it too confusing to read, absorb and spew it back for you, so here is the way one source explains it:
Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon (PFM) date for the year. In June 325 A.D. astronomers approximated astronomical full moon dates for the Christian church, calling them Ecclesiastical Full Moon (EFM) dates. From 326 A.D. the PFM date has always been the EFM date after March 20 (which was the equinox date in 325 A.D.).*Aside from the date-related confusion, Easter brings many traditions, some religious, some cultural and some just for kids. Here are some of the things you see around Easter.
Easter Eggs. The egg, the pagan symbol of rebirth, was adopted by Christians as the symbol of Jesus' resurrection. Today, a popular Easter activity is an Easter Egg hunt. Here's a tip for boiling all those eggs.
As with most holidays, there is one or more foods associated with it. First is a tasty treat called Hot Cross Buns, which were allegedly small wheat cakes baked to honor Eostre, goddess of Spring. Later, Christians substituted sweetbreads blessed by the church.
The roast lamb found on many Easter dinner tables dates back to the first Passover of the Jewish people. People would eat the roast lamb, hoping that God's angels would pass them over, thus the term Passover.
Ham is another popular Easter entree. In the early days before refrigeration, any fresh pork that wasn't consumed during the winter before Lent was cured, and since this process takes a while, the hams were ready just in time for Easter making them the perfect choice for Easter dinner.
What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?