Many observe the day by fasting and attending church services.
Celebrated since 100 AD as a day of fasting, Good Friday acquired significance as a Christian holy day in the late fourth century.
Symbols & Customs: Eggs have long been a symbol of life and rebirth.
Painting and dying eggs pre-dates Christianity.
Polish folklore has the Virgin Mary offering eggs to the soldiers guarding Christ on the cross, as she begged them to be merciful, her tears left stains on the eggs.
1885 - The Czar of Russia commissions the jeweler Faberge to design an enameled egg each Easter.
The first Faberge egg contained a diamond miniature of the crown and a tiny ruby egg.
Of the 50 Imperial Easter Eggs made, most are now in museums.
Origins of the Easter Bunny are unclear, but he appears in early German writings.
The first edible Easter bunnies appeared in Germany in the 1800s, and were made out of sugar and pastry.
Jelly beans first became part of Easter celebrations in the 1930s.
Commercialization of Easter: 2013 - The average shopper is expected to spend $145.13 for Easter on everything from candy to clothes, about the same as last year's average of $145.08. Total spending on Easter is expected to reach $17.2 billion.
More than 16 billion jelly beans are made in the U.S. for Easter each year.
Around 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for Easter each year.