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Catherine’s Pascha: Book Review & Activities

As an American married to a Greek, I have been celebrating Pascha (Orthodox Easter) for many years.

In our house, family Easter celebrations are a combination of both of our traditions – allowing our children to experience both of our cultures.

Easter egg hunts, colorful eggs and baking ham were mixed with flying kites, dying red eggs and roasting lamb. We share lots and lots of books about Easter, but never one specifically about Pascha. Until now.

Catherine's Pascha

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Catherine’s Pascha, written by Charlotte Riggle and illustrated by R.J. Hughes, is a beautiful children’s picture book that shares the special traditions of an Orthodox Easter celebration.

The story is told from the perspective of Catherine, a young girl determined to stay awake for the midnight church service. The reader is introduced to the sights and sounds of the Pascha celebration: lighting of the candles, the smell and sound of the censer, the greetings and responses during the service, the feast from the pascha baskets, and the popular egg cracking game.

Catherine’s excitement is contagious, and the spirit of the holiday shines through. This is a wonderful book to share your own cultural traditions, or to learn about new ones.

Read 17 Ways to Use Catherine’s Pascha by author Charlotte Riggle

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Suggested Activity

Compare Catherine’s Pascha traditions to your own Easter traditions using our FREE graphic organizer. How are they similar? How are they different?

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