The CorvidEYE

Starring: A Russian Orthodox Christmas tradition

Carolers gather at the home of Fr. Michael Boyle on Russian Christmas for starring - the Orthodox practice of caroling. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)

Carolers gather around the spinning star at the home of Fr. Michael Boyle on Russian Christmas. This practice is known as “starring”, according to Orthodox tradition. (KCAW photo/Emily Forman)

It’s Christmas today (1-7-14) for Eastern Orthodox Christians overseas and in the United States. “Russian Christmas” is celebrated according to the old Julian calendar on January 7th, and in Sitka that tradition is audible. The week-long Feast of the Nativity celebration features a nativity “starring” – the Orthodox practice of caroling. Traditionally, revelers would stay out singing until dawn, sometimes for several days in a row. Here’s a sample:

Listen to iFriendly audio.


Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Emily Kwong: The new Raven Radio Reporter!

MUG SHOT: Emily Kwong was Raven Radio’s 2014-15 Winter News Fellow, and now she will be taking over as our full-time reporter! She loves this community, and we’re so excited that she’s sticking around! Show your support for our local … more

Sitka Wolves win first-ever XCountry title

The Sitka boys and girls Cross Country teams pause for a photo a the beginning of their championship season. (KCAW photo/Charles Bingham)
The Sitka High boys have won the state Cross Country title. The Wolves toppled defending champion Grace Christian on Saturday (10-3-15) to take the small-schools trophy. more