Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs. They are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
In 2000, Americans spent nearly $1.9 billion on Easter candy. Halloween candy sales were nearly $2 billion, by comparison.
Easter Monday is used to continue Easter festivities. It is commonly observed in Maryland, in the Captial.
On Good Friday, Christians commemorate the day that Christ was crucified. The origin of the term "Good" is unclear, and Good Friday takes place two days before Easter.
The ancient Anglo-Saxons celebrated the return of spring with a carnival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eostre. The word carnival possibly originated from the Latin ‘carne vale’ meaning “flesh, farewell” or “meat, farewell.”
The pagan festival of Eostre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ and it didn’t take the Christian missionaries long to convert the Anglo-Saxons when they encountered them in the 2nd century. The offering of rabbits and eggs eventually (in the 8th century, it is thought) became the Easter bunny and Easter eggs.
90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year. 70% of all Easter candy is chocolate.
16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter each year. Red is the most popular color.
The second form of Easter fully embraces the historical facts, acknowledging their relevance and importance. The second form, however, shifts the true miracle of Easter from Jesus’ physical resurrection to the disciples’ “openness” to believing that Jesus was risen.
Easter is often portrayed as the story of “Easter faith.” This emphasis on Easter faith takes two forms, neither of which is biblical.