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  Easter is a joyous time for many people around the world, including Nigeria. It’s a time when families and friends come together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, celebrating Easter can sometimes put a strain on your finances. From buying gifts to preparing elaborate meals, the expenses can quickly add up. But fear not! With a bit of creativity and planning, you can celebrate Easter on a budget in Nigeria without compromising on the joy and significance of the occasion.
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  1. Homemade Decorations

Instead of buying expensive Easter decorations from stores, opt for DIY decorations. You can make Easter wreaths, paper bunny cutouts, and colourful egg garlands using simple materials like construction paper, ribbons, and paint. Get the whole family involved in the crafting process for some quality bonding time.
  1. Potluck Feast

Instead of bearing the entire cost of an Easter feast, consider hosting a potluck dinner where each guest brings a dish to share. This not only reduces the financial burden on you but also allows everyone to showcase their culinary skills and share traditional Easter recipes. Encourage creativity by assigning categories like appetizers, main courses, and desserts.
  1. DIY Gifts

Instead of buying expensive gifts for your loved ones, consider giving homemade gifts that are thoughtful and heartfelt. You can bake Easter-themed cookies, create handmade cards, or put together personalized gift baskets filled with homemade treats and small trinkets. Not only are DIY gifts budget-friendly, but they also add a personal touch to your celebrations.
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  1. Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of Nigeria’s natural beauty and pleasant weather by planning outdoor activities for Easter. Pack a picnic basket with homemade sandwiches and snacks, and head to a nearby park or beach for a day of fun and relaxation with your family and friends. You can also organize outdoor games like sack races, egg and spoon races, and tug-of-war for some friendly competition.
  1. Attend Community Events

Many communities in Nigeria organize free or low-cost events, such as concerts, egg decorating workshops, and charity drives. Keep an eye out for local announcements and advertisements to find out about upcoming events in your area. Participating in community events not only allows you to celebrate Easter on a budget but also fosters a sense of unity and camaraderie within your community.
  1. Focus on the True Meaning

Above all, remember that Easter is not just about extravagant decorations or lavish feasts. It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to renew your faith and spiritual journey. Attend church services, participate in vigils, and spend time in prayer and reflection with your loved ones. By focusing on the true meaning of Easter, you can experience its joy and significance without spending a fortune.
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Final Thoughts

Celebrating Easter on a budget in Nigeria is entirely possible with a little creativity, planning, and resourcefulness. By incorporating homemade decorations, organizing budget-friendly activities, and focusing on the true meaning of Easter, you can enjoy a meaningful and memorable celebration without breaking the bank. So, gather your loved ones, embrace the spirit of Easter, and have a blessed and budget-friendly celebration!
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This article was first published on 27th March 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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