Easter is three weeks later than usual this year. Is that affecting your plans?
Here are facts and figures for Easter this year.
The United States has about 243 million Christians. It's one of four nations with more than 100 million Christians. The others are Brazil, Mexico, and Russia, according to the Pew Research Center. About half of Christians in the U.S. usually attend church on Easter Sunday.
Consumers plan to celebrate Easter in different ways: 61 percent will visit family and friends; 57 percent will cook a holiday meal; 52 percent will go to church; and 17 percent will go to a restaurant, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation.
Americans will spend a record $18.4 billion as they celebrate Easter this year, survey results show. Spending is up 6 percent over last year’s record $17.3 billion and is an all-time high in the survey’s 14-year history.