The Deeply Symbolic Pastel Hues of Easter

Lladró’s Rabbit Figurine (Coloured) showcases Lladró’s signature pastel colours achievable through their pioneered high temperature single firing technique, a welcome addition to an Easter celebration.

What comes to your mind with Easter? Hot cross buns and fluffy white rabbit tails? Many people will resonate with bright pastel-coloured eggs. The colours of spring aren’t just a marketing ploy, but are deeply symbolic and spiritual. In fact, it was in 1198 that Pope Innocent III wrote a treatise based on the Song of Solomon that developed Easter colour symbolism to what it is today.


Lladró’s Christ Sculpture (Right) references the original ‘Christus’ sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldsen which emphasizes the centrality of Jesus’s teachings (left). White Easter lilies and their trumpet-shaped bloom signify the good message that Jesus brings us in Lladró’s Madonna of the Flowers Figurine (right).

White symbolizes virtue and holiness and is an important colour (or lack thereof) for the Abrahamic faith. The base of all religious clothing are usually white to remind us of keeping our faith pure. During Easter, white Easter lilies are displayed in churches and homes to represent a trumpet bringing the good message that Jesus has risen.


Violet is an important colour during the period of Lent and symbolizes penance, humility and melancholy. To commemorate Jesus resisting temptation for 40 days in the desert, altars, lecterns, and pulpits are adorned with purple cloth in churches. The colour purple is also a reminder of Jesus’s suffering and crucifixion as He was made to wear a royal purple robe as the Romans branded Him the ‘King of the Jews’.

Lladró’s Our Lady with Flowers is a representation of the virgin Mary when she appeared and saved a pregnant lady, Egidia, from mercenaries. She also made flowers bloom from a blackthorn thicket in the middle of winter (right).


The Marian title Our Lady of Lourdes comes from her apparitions in the village of Lourdes in France. On 1 February 1876, Pope Pius IX officially granted a decree of canonical coronation to the image as ‘Notre-Dame du Saint Rosaire’ as signified by her trademark rosary beads and blue sash.

Blue is the colour of the endless sky and a symbol for heaven. The virgin Mary is also heavily associated with the colour blue as it represents tranquillity, faith and protection. She is considered to be the Queen of the Heavens amongst other titles due to her appearance to devotees in times of need that leads to strengthening of faith.


Pink reminds people of a glorious dawn sky of a new day and represent joy and love. They are also associated with new life of flowering buds in contrast to red signifying sacrifice. Pink vestments are worn by the clergy on the fourth Sunday of Lent to remind believers to keep a happy spirit even through times of penance.

Butterflies are actually an important symbol for Christianity as its metamorphosis represents Jesus’s resurrection as shown here in Lladro’s pink Refreshing Pause Butterfly Figurine (left) or A Moment's Rest Butterfly Figurine.


Baby Jesus lies in the presence of St. Joseph and Mary in a contemporary rendition of the nativity scene in Lladró’s Silent Night Nativity Set (Matt White Gold) (left). Lladró’s Nativity Lithopane radiates with a warm glow exposing the scene of an angel heralding the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ (right).

Gold might appear to be icons of excess and greed (and isn’t even a pastel shade), but it actually connotes the precious divinity and radiant glory of Christ’s resurrection. Gold is paradoxically always paired with white to show a contrast that purity can be so enlightening. If anything, gold reminds us that there is no greater wealth than the precious love of God.



The pastel hues of Lladró’s Baby Jesus Nativity Figurine-II bring an element of innocence and purity to the piece (right).

Green is the colour of evergreen nature and of growth, hope and eternal life. The colour is worn by priests after Easter and reminds everyone to carry on a victorious life year-round.

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