Slaaviq Potluck A Part Of Unalaska's Russian Orthodox Celebrations

Jan 10, 2016

The starring at this year's Slaaviq potluck.
Credit Chrissy Roes

Community members and Russian Orthodox worshippers gathered Friday at the senior center to celebrate a Slaaviq potluck.

Father Evon Bereskin, Unalaska's Orthodox priest, joined the group in singing hymns in Russian and English while congregants spun two wooden traditional stars decorated with tinsel, bells and bows.

“The stars that we’re spinning are the stars which the wise men followed,” Father Evon explained to KUCB in 2015. “So we’re spinning and singing and following the star, which leads us to Christ.”

In this picture from 2015, members of Unalaska’s Holy Ascension Cathedral congregation spin traditional stars for Russian Christmas, or Slaaviq.
Credit Annie Ropiek/KUCB

After the blessing, attendees lined up for a buffet lunch featuring scores of homemade dishes and baked ham and turkey with all the trimmings. Click below to hear a portion of Friday's hymnal singing.