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December 16, 2011 > AlmaVia of Union City shares diversity

AlmaVia of Union City shares diversity

Submitted By Janis Flippen

Besides the Christmas holiday, a celebration of other traditions from Filipino customs to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa will be highlighted as AlmaVia of Union City celebrates globally this holiday season!

AlmaVia will honor employees who are of Filipino descent during Simbang Gabi, a Filipino Christmas tradition. In the Philippines, the celebration, including a series of nine dawn masses, runs from December 16-24. Residents will enjoy the traditional ritual of hanging parols (lanterns) in the dining room and special Filipino breads for breakfast.

The gift-giving tradition of Hanukkah will also be celebrated at AlmaVia, running from December 21-28. A Menorah will be set up in the lobby for the Hanukkah prayer service and the lighting of the candles. In addition, a Hanukkah party is planned where residents will play the dreidel game, receive gifts and share Hanukkah foods.

The African-American holiday known as Kwanzaa, will be celebrated at AlmaVia from December 26 to January 1. A prayer service is set up using quotes and the principles from Dr. Maulana Karenga who started the holiday that promotes unity, goodwill, faith, self-determination and more.

"We are a faith based community, catering to all religions and this is such a great opportunity to celebrate all the different faiths," stated Karishma Prasad, Marketing Director of AlmaVia of Union City. "Having such a strong diversity is one of our most unique aspects at AlmaVia of Union City and we are proud to offer this to our residents," she added.

AlmaVia of Union City is an independent, assisted living and dementia care community, open since October 2005, located at 33883 Alvarado-Niles Road. AlmaVia is affiliated with Elder Care Alliance, cosponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Burlingame and the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

For more information on AlmaVia of Union City, call (510) 489-3800 or visit the website at

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