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The Colors of Easter


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Easter Sunday Colors
In some faiths the use of red, purple, black, white, and gold carry special Easter meanings.

In some faiths the use of red, purple, black, white, and gold carry special meaning associated specifically with Easter.

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For many people, Easter isn't about the Easter bunny or coloring eggs to hide then gather in a pastel be-ribboned Easter basket. It is a major Christian feast or holy day centered around the cruxification and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Different colors are used at different times in the celebration of Easter and it varies by religion. However, the colors most closely associated with Christianity and Easter in particular are red, purple, black, white, and gold.

Red can denote joy and celebration. Purple is associated with royalty and spirituality. White is purity. Black is the color of death and mourning. Gold represents something of value or high quality.

What Easter Colors Symbolize in Christianity

Summarized from several sources, I've included links to more detailed descriptions of the religious symbolism of these five colors.
  • Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ and the blood of martyrs.
    [Crimson and Scarlet are associated with theology, the Church, and the Bible.]
  • Purple is the color of royalty (Jesus, King of Kings) and also the color of suffering.
  • Black represents darkness and sin and mourning.
  • White is purity and angels and resurrection.
  • Gold is a color of celebration and symbolizes the presence of God and richness (wealth, prosperity, or heavenly riches).

Also see:
The Colors of Easter, a poem describing red, purple, black, and white and their connection to the death and resurrection of Jesus in great detail.
Significance of Easter Colors includes yellow and describes flowers for each color.
The Meaning of Church Colors covers a wide range of colors and their significance and use for different holy days or time periods.

Easter Sunday Color Palettes

Using the search term "Easter" and some hue-specific searches over at COLOURlovers.com, I've picked out a few palettes that use the rich reds, purples, and gold described above.
  • Glorius has a rich red, deep purple, and three golden shades.
  • This Easter Sunday features four deep purple and violet colors and canary yellow to brighten the palette.
  • Called Easter Eggs it's a palette of purple and gold (although the designer gives them eggplant and egg yolk names - yummy!).
  • Blend of Red&Purple has both richness and a muted almost-but-not-quite pastel feel to the colors.
  • Bits of gold and black with blood red make up this palette called Passover.


Easter Sunday Dates
2011: April 24
2012: April 8
2013: March 31
2014: April 20
2015: April 5
2016: March 27

The Colors of Easter Pages:

  1. The Colors of Easter
  2. Pastel Easter Colors
  3. this page

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