Easter is one of the most important Christian holidays celebrated by hundreds of millions of adherents across the world.
There are two types of Easter observers.
To understand how Easter celebrations are held, you need to recognize two groups of adherents:
- Passive Observers
- Active Participants
The first group consists of those who don’t do Easter decoration at all unless you consider their bibles and crucifix which are normally out all the year-round.
They may set up a few baskets on Easter eve if they have small children, but this is soon abandoned when the kids get older.
Kids approaching teen age would be content with the chocolate crosses more than chocolate bunnies.
Things can even be easier if you already have a bunny living with you.
But a small basket filled with a few treats is all you need even if you are the least decorative person. This progressive group of Easter observers has been on the rise lately.
Then there is the conservative group of Easter observers who would start putting up their decorations immediately when St. Patrick’s day sets in.
They would fill the home with pastel colors, nice smelling tulips, eggs, Easter bunnies, and everything else that defines a perfect Easter celebration.
This is a group of Easter observers who observes the unwritten codes Easter to the letter.
They are particular with when to start decorating their homes, how to conduct themselves during the holiday, and how to clear up the homes after the celebration.
If you belong to the second group, you are a beginner belonging to the second group, you may be wondering when is the perfect moment to roll out your decoration plans.
Unfortunately, there is no specific time agreed to be the best moment, but there is a socially acceptable time where you can set up your décor and not appear strange.
St. Patrick’s Day
Most of the staunch observers of Easter start to put up their decorations on St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on 17th March every year.
Although the day of the death of Saint Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461) of Ireland has very little to do with Easter, the Christians of the 17th started to take it seriously because of its precedence and proximity to Resurrection Sunday.
Resurrection Sunday – otherwise known as Easter – don’t fall on a specific day on the calendar. Rather, it is a moveable feast that is offset from Passover.
This means the day of celebration is set every year based on the popular lunisolar calendar.
It can occur as early as April 4th and as late as April 24th both in western and eastern hemispheres.
This way, St. Patrick’s Day is just 2 weeks or slightly more shy of the earliest Easter, which is commonplace, and about 4 weeks away from the latest Easter day which occurs rarely.
It’s good for creating the right mood
The reason why you should start your decoration on St. Patrick’s Day has something to do with the mood around that time.
Christians in the west, especially Catholics, consider St. Patrick’s Day to be the first important holiday of the year.
Also, it is used to tune the correct mood for Passover and Easter which would be just around the corner.
You know how Christmas and Boxing Day create the mood for New Year’s Day even though they are not related, it’s the same thing with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.
Easter décor is cheaper at least 2 weeks prior to the holiday
Another reason has something to with the prices of Eastern décor. St. Patrick’s Day itself doesn’t call for much attention as Easter does.
Most of the décor you’ll need for Easter would be cheap to acquire it least three weeks prior to the actual day.
This can depend on the type and amount of décor you need. The price of eggs may even triple on Passover which tends to be just two days away from Easter Eve.
Specialty décor such as Easter bunnies can be hard to find, leave alone to buy, past the Passover.
If you are going to need a lot of it, it only makes sense that you go shopping within the first two weeks of October and begin putting them immediately
It can also be good for your own sanity – setting up your décor on St. Patrick’s Day lets you put everything in order and avoid a last-minute rush.
This is highly recommended if you have a large family or if you expect plenty of guests to show up for the holiday.
Good Friday is the longest you can wait until you put up your Easter decorations.
This is because it occurs just two days before Easter eve – it is the Friday that precedes Easter Sunday.
If you have a small family or if you are not very much into the celebration and would like to adopt a minimalistic approach, it only makes sure that you start your decoration somewhere during the Good Friday.
It helps you stay focused on the essentials of the holiday.
However, it could prove to be costly for you if you because the décor and related supplies tend to be expensive at that time.
Still, it is a great time to set the right mood and not have to wait for weeks for the big day.
Interestingly, Good Friday sometimes coincides with Passover, meaning it can set the right celebration mood just a few days into Easter.
Attempting to set up your décor a day after Good Friday (that’s just a day to Easter eve) would probably be the most expensive and upset-laden preparation ever.
When Do You Take Down Your Easter Décor?
While there’s no specific date set for decorations and the related setups to come down, you can expect your neighbors to begin removing theirs within after Easter Eve.
When I visited my aunt over the last Easter Holiday (which was 12th April 2020), I noted that lobby items and holiday paraphernalia all over the home and the neighborhood began being got rid of on April 15th, which also happens to be just 3 days off the holiday!
Immediately is always the best
Picture this: you spent a whole two weeks or even a few more days hanging eggs all over your home and hiding some in the bush. What do you think would happen if you delay removing them?
Those in the bushes will definitely rot and turn your home into a smelly hell. It is never easy to clean the mess of fallen eggs on the floor either.
This means Easter decoration can be some of the hardest items to take down if you allow them to linger around for long. So why not embark on clean-up as soon as it ends?
You don’t want those Easter bunny crackers and Tulip Magnolia branches strewn all over your home for weeks.
By “immediately” we mean as soon as the last trick and treat are done. It can range from the last hour of celebration to about two days after Easter eve.
The best time to embark on decoration for Easter is around St. Patrick’s day which is marked between two and four weeks before Easter eve – it will depend on the year’s eve date.
The reason why you should put up your decoration around this time is that the holiday of St. Patrick sets the right mood for celebration especially if you consider the fact that both are popular Christian celebrations in the western world.
If you consider the fact that St. Patrick’s Day, the Good Friday, and Easter occurs are celebratory closely together, you will be more inclined to start putting up the decorations in the first two weeks before Easter.
The biggest advantage of putting up your decoration around this time is the low price of the supplies.
It only makes sense to buy your décor when it is cheapest instead of waiting for last-minute at which retailers would hike prices to fleece more money from frenzied last-minute shoppers.
It may end up being good for your sanity. Setting up your decorations two or more weeks before the holiday helps you think and make changes to your decorations knowing that the big day is still miles away.
If you would like to keep the celebration minimal, or you don’t think you are not in a position to hold a gargantuan celebration, you can start setting up your décor during the Good Friday.
The best thing about Good Friday is that you will prevent your décor from going stale as the day is normally two days away from Easter eve.
The best time to remove your decorations is immediately the celebration ends.
It can take a great deal of time to put down all the décor depending on the magnitude of the celebration. Small scale events would have required low-level decoration which would take under 1 hour to remove.
Large scale celebrations can require high-level decorations and produce huge quantities of debris that may take you many hours or even a whole day to remove.