INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - New sets of numbers shed light on the roles faith and finances play in the celebration of Easter in the United States.
From church attendance to egg hunts and family dinners, the signs of the Christian holy day would be seen across communities on Sunday. For some, like Maria Davey, the holiday's meaning surpasses its more commercial traditions.
"We celebrate it as our most solemn, exciting celebration of Jesus rising again," Davey said after shopping for her family's meal necessities early Sunday in Indianapolis.
A recent Gallup poll found 40 percent of Americans surveyed consider themselves "very religious." Meanwhile, 31 percent said they are "non-religious" and 29 percent deem themselves as moderately spiritual.
Despite its significance for Christians, the holiday has its commercial side with economic benefits.
Before millions made their way to church service, many likely filled up Easter baskets through grocery baskets to provide for family meals.
It is estimated American families spend $145.00 on average for Easter needs. Two and a half billion dollars are spent on candy, an additional three billion on clothing.
For those looking to spend time rather than money celebrating Easter, a list of activities planned across central Indiana are available here.
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