Orthodox Easter - language and culture activities
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Classroom activities to support cultural learning.

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  • 1. Interesting facts about Orthodox EasterEaster is a very important celebration for people of the Eastern Orthodoxfaith.Here are some interesting traditions carried on by those who follow theGreek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox beliefs.Greek Orthodox EasterAt Greek Orthodox Easter crowds of people attend church.The crowds are so big that churches fill to overflowing. Shortlybefore midnight, the lights are extinguished and churches are litonly by the Eternal Flame on the altar. Just after the clockstrikes midnight, the Priest calls out "Kristos Anesti" (Christ isrisen), and passes the flame to those nearest him. The flame isthen passed from person to person and each one lights his/hercandle. Soon the church inside and outside is filled with thelight of flickering candles.After the church service, everyone goes home for a traditionalmeal which includes tsoureki (Greek Easter bread) and red eggs.However, before the eggs are eaten, theres a traditional gamecalled tsougrisma (egg-cracking). Holding your egg, you tap oneend against one end of your opponents egg, trying to crack it.Both children and adults play this game.*some information from http://www.holidays.net/easter©2012 BoTree Learning www.botreelearning.com
  • 2. Russian Orthodox EasterKulich is the Russian Easter bread, usually baked in a cylindricalpan and topped with icing and coloured sprinkles. Paska is acheese dessert, often made in the shape of a ball or a pyramid.Paska can be spread on slices of kulich. These goodies as well ascoloured eggs are part of the Easter breakfast table.Easter eggs are usually decorated using geometric or othertraditional designs, landscapes, churches, scenes from stories, orother images.Children play a traditional Easter game where they roll theirEaster eggs down a hill and try to crack another players egg.*some information from http://www.holidays.net/easter Answer the following: 1. Tsoreki is ___________________________________ 2. Kristos Anesti means _________________________________ 3. Tsougrisma is _________________________________ 4. Paska is _____________________________________________ 5. Kulich is _____________________________________________©2012 BoTree Learning www.botreelearning.com
  • 3. Find a word in the passages which means: 1. ‘put out (a light)’ ___________________________________ 2. ‘shaped like a cylinder’ __________________________________ 3. ‘spilling over’ _____________________________________ 4. ‘twelve o’clock at night’ _______________________________ 5. ‘sweet treat eaten after a meal’ ___________________________ 6. ‘burning unsteadily’ _____________________________ 7. ‘figure with a square base and four triangular sides’ _______________________©2012 BoTree Learning www.botreelearning.com
  • 4. Find the differences. Find and circle the differences between the two eggs. Make up a difference game of your own by drawing and decorating two Easter eggs.