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ANMC hosts Russian Christmas celebration

January 8, 2016

It is never easy to be away from family and friends during the holidays, and for our people facing health issues at ANMC, it can be a particularly difficult experience. That is why our employees take extra efforts to make everyone feel welcome and cared for during the holiday season.

On Jan. 7, ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation hosted the annual Russian Orthodox Christmas Celebration at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC) and at the ANMC hospital. After a welcome from ANMC executive leadership to the large group in attendance, Father Peter Chris, Archpriest at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral, gave a blessing for the event and provided a history of the starring ceremony. The St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral Starring Choir and the Acilquq Dance Group provided entertainment, and Russian tea and teacakes were served.

A group led by Father Peter Chris and our joint staffs carried a star and caroled for staff and our people at the ANPCC and ANMC hospital. Starring is an event that represents the three wise men following the star. It typically involves a group of people following a person carrying a wooden pole topped with a star, with a religious icon at its center. The group goes from house to house, village to village. When invited, they stop in front of a house and stand facing the star. The star holder spins the star while the rest of the group sings.


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