Easter is the single most important holy day throughout Christianity.
It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ — a central belief for Christians worldwide and the focal point of their faith. Religious scholars believe the event occurred three days after the Romans crucified Jesus in roughly 30 AD. Christians therefore derive hope that they too will experience a resurrection in heaven.
Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21. In 2019 full moons occurred on March 20 and April 19 — which explains why Easter is rather late this year.
Christians observe Easter in ways both personal and universal. Let’s take a closer look.
Easter - Survey Results
FOR 1 IN 3 AMERICANS, EASTER CANDY IS AN IMPULSE BUY
32% of Americans usually buy Easter candy at the grocery store on an impulse, when they’re already shopping for something else. 46% of Americans make a special trip to buy Easter candy, while 18% wait until the day after Easter, when the candy is half price.
CANDY IS THE #1 EASTER PURCHASE
23% of Americans say they purchase candy on or around Easter. The second most popular Easter purchase is plastic eggs or baskets (15%).
Easter - History
- 33 CE
Resurrection of Jesus
According to Christian theology, Jesus rises from the dead on the Sunday after his Friday crucifixion.
- 33 CE
Crucifixion of Jesus
Sentenced by Pontius Pilate, Jesus is crucified outside Jerusalem's city walls, most likely sometime between 30 and 33 CE.
- 28 CE
Ministry of Jesus
After being baptized by John, Jesus begins preaching in Galilee and recruits his disciples.
- 4 BCE
Birth of Jesus
Most scholars agree that Jesus was born somewhere between the years 6 and 4 BCE.
How to Observe Easter
Go to church
For a lot of folks, Easter remains one of the few Sundays of the year on which they feel compelled to attend church services.
Engage in prayer
Regardless of a person's particular devotion or attention to their religious faith, prayer is often seen as a comfort — both for those praying and those for whom we pray.
Hold an Easter egg hunt
Easter is a day that is meant to be filled with gladness, so why not add some extra fun in the form of an egg hunt? The choice of dyed, hard-boiled, or colorful plastic eggs is totally up to you.
Three Facts About The Easter Holiday
Christianity or the Easter egg?
Eggs have long been considered a symbol for life and rebirth, and the act of coloring them predates Christianity.
Spending the big bucks
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend about $18 billion dollars on Easter.
The Easter Bunny definitely visits the U.S.
The National Confectioners Association reports that 2 out of every 3 American parents build Easter baskets for their kids.
Why Easter is Important
It's the holiest of holy days
A tenet of Christian faith is that God sent his "only begotten Son" to be crucified for the sins of humanity. Debates over the historical veracity of Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection continue, but for most Christians, Easter is meaningless without a literal belief in the truth of this central story.
It brings the family together
Easter draws families together in the spirit of shared religious faith and celebration. It's a perfect time to catch up with loved ones we may not have seen in a long time.
It's fun for the children
For children, Easter has its own special significance beyond that of religious and familial duty. It's a day of sweets, treats, and play — not to mention the creation of colorful Easter eggs.