Press release №2171
26.04.2019
CELEBRATING EASTER

IN BRIEF

  • 77% of Russians are aware that Eater will take place on April 28
  • Both Orthodox Christians and non-believers celebrate Easter by making Easter cakes, coloring eggs.

Not only Orthodox Christians but also adherents of other religions and non-believers are going to color eggs and make Easter cakes to celebrate Easter.

MOSCOW, April 26, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the results of a survey devoted to Easter.  

Most of Russians know when Easter is celebrated this year: 77% give the right answer about the date. Those who are well aware are mainly Orthodox Christians (85%) but also many non-believers (61%). Women (87%), elderly respondents (85%) and rural area residents (80%) know that Easter is celebrated on April 28 this year. Only 8% of Russians was wrong about the date. In addition, 50% of respondents know exactly what is referred to as Easter (Resurrection of Jesus). Fifteen percent of Russians do not know the Easter date; they are mainly non-believers (33%), men (25%) and young Russians (38%).

Most of Russians observe Easter-related traditions. In 2019, 48% of respondents are going to cook Easter cakes, breads and to color eggs; 21% will consecrate them at church. A further 44% are going to friends’ house or will receive guests; 11% will give gifts. Eleven percent of Russians are going to attend the Night Vigil. Eighteen percent of respondents are not going to celebrate Easter (35% of the 18-24-year-olds).

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on April 24, 2019. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

Do you know when the Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter this year? If yes, provide the date please.  (open-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Right answers 77
Wrong answers 8
I do not remember 0
Don’t know 15

What is celebrated on Easter?  (open-ended question, up to 5 answers, % of total respondents; answers of at least 1% of respondents)
  Total respondents
Resurrection of Christ 50
Birth of Christ 6
Great Orthodox holiday 4
Commemorating those who passed away 4
End of Fast 3
Beginning of spring 1
Coloring eggs, cooking kulich (Easter cakes) 1
Celebrating in a family circle, with relatives   1
Going to church, receiving Communion 1
This holiday is a symbol of belief in Christ   1
Symbol of eternal life, revival 1
Other 2
Don’t know 32

Are you going to celebrate Easter? If yes, how are you going to do that?  (closed-ended question, any number of answers, % of total respondents)
  2005 2009 2011 2012 2013 2017 2018 2019
I am going to make Easter dishes  (cakes, breads, eggs) 46 64 67 68 64 52 59 48
I am going to my friends’ house; I am going to receive guests   23 38 39 38 41 46 39 44
I am going to consecrate Easter cakes, breads, eggs at church 14 27 29 32 30 26 24 21
I will go to cemetery 11 29 25 20 24 23 18 16
I will give gifts to friends, relatives 1 7 6 11 10 10 12 11
I will attend the All-night Vigil 3 8 9 8 8 9 7 11
Other 3 2 2 1 3 11 5 4
I will not celebrate Easter 12 12 9 10 11 13 12 18
Don’t know 3 4 3 2 3 1 2 1

 

Are you going to celebrate Easter? If yes, how are you going to do that?  (closed-ended question, any number of answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Orthodox Christians Adherents of other religions Non-believers
I am going to make Easter dishes  (cakes, breads, eggs) 48 57 27 24
I am going to my friends’ house; I am going to receive guests  44 48 32 33
I am going to consecrate Easter cakes, breads, eggs at church 21 27 10 5
I will go to cemetery 16 19 8 12
I will attend the All-night Vigil 11 14 4 1
I will give gifts to friends, relatives 11 12 6 7
I will not celebrate Easter 18 8 43 42
Other 4 4 3 4
Don’t know 1 1 1 1

 

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