But what you might not realize is that all the pretty pastel colors associated with those spring festivities actually have a deeper meaning when it comes to Easter, a holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Liturgical colors, the colors found on church hangings and the vestments Catholic priests wear, change throughout the and serve to underline the different moods of the various seasons, feasts, and celebrations.
According to , the modern Roman color sequence that the Catholic church still follows today was first established in 1198 when wrote the treatise De sacro altaris mysterio (The Mystery of the Sacred Altar). In this treatise, the Pope based the colors' symbolism on interpretations of colors and flowers from the , in the Old Testament. Generally, other Christian denominations today associate similar beliefs to these .
White is a symbol of purity, used during all feasts of the Lord and during the season of Easter to symbolize the . White represents light, innocence, purity, joy, triumph, and glory.
This year, incorporate the meaningful hue into your Sunday brunch tablescape with elegant white linens, or coat your delicious desserts with white icing or whipped cream. You can also decorate your home with another fitting Christian symbol—a fresh Easter lily bouquet. The Bible alludes to these white blooms on numerous occasions, and that they originally sprouted in the Garden of Eden with the help of Eve's tears. Tying in to Easter, lilies also supposedly after Jesus' crucifixion.
Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and it is most used during , which falls on the 50th day after Easter and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit. Red represents sacrifice, blood, fire, and martyrdom.
Such a vibrant color may seem like a harsh contrast against soft spring pastels, but you can pay homage to the hue first and foremost by dyeing red Easter eggs. Then, once you're finished, display them in a decorative glass bowl. Consider hanging a red tulip wreath on your front door, as well.
As the most prominent color during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday, it signifies sorrow and suffering—specifically for Jesus' suffering during his 40 days in the desert. Violet represents penance, humility, and melancholy. It's also associated with power and royalty.
Stuff your children's candy and trinkets in violet plastic Easter eggs, then deck out their baskets with a personalized purple liner. This tone also allows you to think outside the box and venture into flower territory with—you guessed it—violets. Set up a few vases around your home for a purple punch of color inspired by this holy time frame.
This is a special color that is only worn two times a year, on the third Sunday of Advent and the fourth Sunday of Lent. Pink represents joy and love.
Lucky for you, pink goes hand in hand with spring decor, so you'll hardly be pressed for viable Easter options. Paint pink Easter eggs with your little ones, hang a pink garland in your living room, and decorate your dining room table with pink tapered candles. (Bonus: You can even leave these decorations out and about for the rest of the calendar season). To get really creative, sport a pretty-in-pink manicure with some easy DIY Easter nail designs.
After Easter is over, priests begin wearing green vestments. Green represents the hope of Christ's resurrection and eternal life.
Aside from the obvious—fake grass for your family's Easter baskets—this significant hue can spread special holiday tidings in more ways than one. May we recommend wearing a green dress to Easter mass? On the other hand, how about serving Easter party guests from patterned green plates (perfect for pairing with pink candles!) or finding a cross-shaped wreath made from greenery? You have endless options, so hop to it!