Press release №2342
05.07.2021
RUSSIA CELEBRATES VICTORY DAY

IN BRIEF

  • Victory Day is the most popular holiday on Russia (69%)
  • On May 9, one-third of Russians (32%) are going to take part in celebrations (parade, wreath-laying, etc.)
  • every fifth respondent (21%) is going to watch TV
  • 16% are going to watch fireworks
  • 16% will spend time in the countryside
  • 15% will go to a friend’s house or will have friends over
  • “Victory Day” is commonly associated with parade (56%), St George ribbon (50%), Immortal regiment march (43%), eternal flame (37%) and military songs (37%).

May 7, 2021. VCIOM presents the data of a survey about Victory Day celebration.

According to 69% of Russians, Victory Day is the most important holiday. It is especially popular among respondents aged 60 and over (78%), those aged 45-59 (70%), people living in the cities with a population of 100-500 thousand inhabitants (73%), residents of the cities having up to 100 thousand inhabitants (71%) and rural area (70%).

To mark this holiday, one-third of Russians (32%) are going to take part in celebrations (parades, wreath-laying, etc.); every fifth Russian (21%) is going to watch TV; 16% will watch fireworks; 16% will have a walk or go to the countryside; 15% are going to have friends over or visit friends. Respondents are also going to do household chores (15%), go to the dacha (15%), to work (15%) and to go the cinema or theater (2%).

Victory Day is commonly associated with military parade (56%), St George ribbon (50%), Immortal regiment march (43%), eternal flame (37%) and military songs (37%). Fireworks (35%), Victory Banner (20%), orders and medals (19%), and red carnations (19%) were also cited.

Russians would like to sing the following songs with their relatives: “Den Pobedy” (59%), “Katyusha” (57%), “Smuglyanka” (31%), “Zhuravli” (21%) and “Siny Platochek” (19%).

The most popular movies about war are “V boy idut odnis stariki” (Only Old Men Are Going to Battle) (27%), “A zori zdes tikhie” (The Dawns Here Are Quiet) (14%), “Ofitsery” (Officers) (14%), “Oni srazhalis za rodinu” (They Fought for Their Country) (12%) and “Semnadtsat mgnoveniy vesny” (Seventeen Moments of Spring) (9%).

Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on May 5, 2021. A total of 1,600 of Russians aged 18 and older took part in the survey. Results are based on telephone interviews. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. 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 to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

What holidays are important to you? You can cite up to 3 holidays  (closed-ended question, up to 3 answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 60 and over
Victory Day  — May 9 69 57 65 63 70 78
New Year’s Eve  — January 1 63 66 65 65 62 59
International Women’s Day  — March 8 29 25 25 37 30 27
Easter 25 10 20 19 31 31
Defender's Day — February 23 18 30 16 17 15 18
Christmas  — January 7 18 9 15 18 17 21
Professional holidays (Miner's Day, Paratroopers' Day, Artilleryman’s Day etc.) 8 4 7 8 11 8
Russia Day — June 12 8 11 9 8 8 6
Cosmonautics Day — April 12 7 5 13 5 6 5
Kurban Bairam 5 10 7 4 6 3
National Unity Day  — November 4 5 16 4 4 3 4
October Revolution Day / Day of Accord and Reconciliation — November 7 5 1 4 2 4 8
St Valentine’s Day — February 14 1 2 2 1 1 1
Other  (specify) 12 13 13 15 13 7
Don’t know 1 2 2 0 1 1

 

What holidays are important to you? You can cite up to 3 holidays  (closed-ended question, up to 3 answers, % of total respondents)
  2017 2018 2020 2021
Victory Day  — May 9 67 75 71 69
New Year’s Eve  — January 1 62 55 66 63
International Women’s Day  — March 8 31 27 27 29
Easter 31 31 34 25
Defender's Day — February 23 17 17 14 18
Christmas  — January 7 22 26 18 18
Professional holidays (Miner's Day, Paratroopers' Day, Artilleryman’s Day etc.) 10 7 8 8
Russia Day — June 12 9 10 4 8
Cosmonautics Day — April 12 4 2 3 7
Kurban Bairam 5 5 3 5
National Unity Day  — November 4   7 3 5
October Revolution Day / Day of Accord and Reconciliation — November 7 6 4 4 5
St Valentine’s Day — February 14 1 0 1 1
Other (specify) - - 2 12
Don’t know 1 1 1 1

 

What holidays are important to you? You can cite up to 3 holidays (closed-ended question, up to 3 answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Moscow and St Petersburg Million-plus cities 500-950 thousand inhabitants 100—500 thousand Less than 100 thousand Rural  rea
Victory Day  — May 9 69 62 66 64 73 71 70
New Year’s Eve  — January 1 63 72 76 65 68 57 52
International Women’s Day  — March 8 29 28 30 35 26 31 28
Easter 25 20 24 18 27 28 26
Defender's Day — February 23 18 17 16 19 18 17 19
Christmas  — January 7 18 21 16 17 20 20 13
Professional holidays (Miner's Day, Paratroopers' Day, Artilleryman’s Day etc.) 8 9 8 9 8 8 9
Russia Day — June 12 8 5 7 5 7 10 10
Cosmonautics Day — April 12 7 9 6 8 5 6 7
Kurban Bairam 5 3 2 4 5 2 11
National Unity Day  — November 4 5 2 4 6 3 7 5
October Revolution Day / Day of Accord and Reconciliation — November 7 5 2 5 4 6 5 5
St Valentine’s Day — February 14 1 1 2 0 1 1 3
Other  (specify) 12 10 12 15 9 12 14
Don’t know 1 0 0 0 1 1 2

 

Victory day is approaching. How are you going to spend it?  (closed-ended question, any number of answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over
I will take part in celebrations (parades, wreath-laying, march, etc.)    32 27 37 35 33 28
I will watch TV 21 9 11 14 21 39
I will watch Victory Day fireworks 16 10 15 17 19 16
I will have a walk, go to the countryside (for a picnic, barbecue, etc.) 16 20 16 19 17 12
I will have friends over; I will visit friends myself 15 10 13 16 15 18
Household chores 15 21 14 17 16 12
Gardening at dacha 15 10 10 14 13 21
Working 15 13 22 19 16 6
I will go to the cinema, theatre, concert 2 3 3 3 2 1
I will go the restaurant, club, party 0 0 1 1 1 0
Other  (specify) 13 13 11 11 11 19
Don’t know 1 1 1 1 0 1

 

 

Which of the below-mentioned do you associate with Victory Day? (closed-ended question, any number of  answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Military parade 56
Ribbon of St George   50
Immortal regiment march 43
Eternal flame  37
Music and war songs 36
Victory Day fireworks 35
Victory Banner 20
Orders, medals 19
Red  carnation 19
Military porridge   14
“The narkom's 100 grams” 9
Eternal flame  1
Other  (specify) 14
Don’t know 1

 

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