Russians told about favorite holidays

Moscow, October 31. The most beloved holidays residents of Russia called the New Year and Victory Day.

Residents of Russia celebrate the New Year and Victory Day most readily – according to a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).

According to VTsIOM, 96% and 95% of Russians celebrate New Year and May 9, respectively. At the third and fourth positions in the list of the most celebrated holidays in the country – International Women's Day and Defender of the Fatherland Day.

Next on the list are Orthodox holidays. So, Easter is celebrated by 82% of respondents, and Christmas – 77%. Close the top 10 favorite holidays in order to reduce popularity among Russians: May 1, Russia Day, National Unity Day and Valentine's Day.

The latter, by the way, became the only foreign holiday that confidently took root in Russia. Thus, practically none of the respondents singles out St. Patrick's Day, Chinese New Year or Halloween in a series of weekdays.

The survey also shows that residents of the province celebrate holidays more willingly than Petersburgers and Muscovites. Thus, on March 8, 91% of the surveyed residents of Russian cities with a population of 500 to 950 thousand people celebrate, whereas in Moscow only 85% of respondents.

It should be noted that the VTsIOM survey was conducted on October 28 among Russians over 18 using a telephone interview. The number of respondents was 1600 people, the error does not exceed 2.5%.

                            Vitaly Ryzhkov



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