Easter is the most important holiday in Christianity: the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, the cornerstone of the religion.
The Christian observance is often accompanied by a secular celebration marking the arrival of spring. On Easter Sunday, children and adults enjoy celebrating the arrival of the Easter Bunny who bears baskets filled with candy, particpating in Easter egg hunts and snacking on the brightly colored eggs associated with the holiday.
The Easter Bunny is a sign of new life, as are the brightly colored eggs he brings (both the hard boiled versions and the candy-filled plastic ones popular on Easter egg hunts). While the chocolate Easter bunny is the most popular treat to fill Easter baskets, chocolate eggs, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans fill a good portion of baskets as well.