What Is the Color Scheme for Each Holiday?

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Each holiday has a color scheme associated with the season, foods and activities of that day. In addition to a traditional scheme, most holidays have a less used scheme that is also appropriate.

New Year's Eve

In many parts of the world, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with festive fireworks and effervescent champagne. Correspondingly, the color combination most frequently used is sparkling gold and silver.

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is defined by shades of red, pink and white; red of a heart beating with love, pink of blushing cheeks, white of honor and purity.

Easter Sunday

Easter is about rebirth, and lands in a season of renewal. Its main colors are pink, yellow, orange, grass green and white.

President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day

These U.S. holidays are about patriotism, so look to the flag for inspiration (red, white and blue). When using an actual flag for decoration, follow the appropriate etiquette.

Halloween and Thanksgiving

Halloween is black and orange. Black is for night, shadows and spiders, while orange is for jack-o-lanterns. The colors of Thanksgiving are autumnal, red, orange, yellow, and brown.

Hanukkah and Christmas

Any color is acceptable for Hanukkah, though a pairing of blue and white is most popular. The predominant scheme for Christmas is holly berry red, evergreen, and snowy white. “Blue Christmas” schemes of winter colors (blue, white and silver) are not uncommon.

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