What is Easter?
Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as described in the New Testament. The story of Easter, also known as the Passion of Christ, is told in all four gospels. Each author follows the same order of events, but each one focuses on different details and uses a different writing style. The Easter story can found in Matthew chapters 26-28, Mark chapters 14-16, Luke chapters 22-24, and John chapters 17-20. Bible.com allows you to read the entire bible for free in any version you want, and also offers free bible studies and devotionals.
Families often celebrate Easter by attending a morning church service, having a family meal, and then spending the day together participating in family activities and games. While Easter is a Christian holiday, it is celebrated by a wide array of people similarly to Christmas. Parents also give gifts on this holiday in the form of Easter baskets and usually arrange an Easter Egg Hunt, where children hunt for eggs filled with goodies left by the Easter Bunny.
When is Easter?
This year, Easter is on Sunday, April 4th. Easter Sunday is considered a “moveable feast,” which means it’s not always on the same date. The date of Easter depends on the first full moon after the spring equinox, which is known as the “Paschal Full Moon” in the Christian calendar. This year, the Paschal Full Moon will happen on March 28th, which means Easter is the following Sunday on April 4th. It can be confusing at first, but this was the early Christian church’s way of simplifying how to calculate the date of Easter. Other holidays that depend on this same moon are Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and a few other lesser known holidays.
Easter at Home 2021
Depending on where you live, this could be your second Easter affected by COVID-19. I’m really tired of writing about how to enjoy holidays despite COVID and I’m sure you’re tired of having to look up ideas for it! Hopefully, this post will make things a little easier, if not less disappointing.
Churches Streaming Easter Sunday
The first thing to do is find a good church service to watch Easter morning. Many local churches across the country are turning to streaming services during COVID-19. Several churches of different denominations that are streaming an Easter service are listed below.
• Highlands Community Church is a non-denominational church located in Renton, Washington. Services will stream at 8:30, 10, and 11 am (PST).
• Community Bible Church in San Antonio will stream Easter services at 11 am. The service will be saved on their website and can watched at any time after 11 am (CT).
• The Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis are streaming Easter Mass on Youtube at The service begins at 11 a.m. in Rome, which is 5 am (EST).
Easter Activities for Kids
The next thing to do is find lots of fun activities to keep the kids busy all day long.
• Easter Egg Hunt: This classic can still happen this year with a few adjustments. The biggest being that it only include your own family, in your own space. This is easy to do if you have a year, but an Easter Egg Hunt is still possible even if you don’t have a yard. Fill eggs with candy, coins, or small toys and hide them around the space that you have. Pick hiding spots based on the age of your children. Younger kids will need lower, easier to find spots.
• Scavenger Hunt: One indoor alternative to an Easter egg hunt is a scavenger hunt. Write clues to lead kids around the house to different places, and have them end where their Easter basket is hidden! It’s a fun alternative to an Easter egg hunt that promotes problem solving skills and cooperation between siblings.
• Dyeing or Painting Eggs: Dyeing and painting eggs is a traditional Easter activity that requires few supplies. See this egg dyeing guide from McCormick (link) for help with this activity. Painting eggs is just as fun and required less set up. Acrylic paint is the best for painting on hard-boiled eggs. You could even add a prize for the best painted egg!
• Plant Flowers: Use an empty egg carton (which you’ll probably have after dyeing eggs!) as a seed starter to plant flowers in. All you need is soil, native flower seeds (a local garden center can help you pick flowers native to your area), an empty egg carton, and water. Teaching kids how to grow plants is fun for them and leads us to a greener future.