Three-fourths of Russians do not observe the Great Lent, but plan to celebrate Easter

Natalya Mihailova | 29 April 2016
Moscow, April 29, Interfax - Most of Russians (75% in general and 72% of those who call themselves Orthodox believers) did not have any special diet during the Great Lent, which this year ends on April 30, the Lavada-Center told Interfax.
Three-fourths of Russians do not observe the Great Lent, but plan to celebrate Easter

During the poll held on April 22-25 among 1600 people in 137 cities and towns of Russia it cleared out that eight per cent of Russians in general and nine per cent of Orthodox believers were going to observe fast during the last week before Easter.

Another 14% of respondents (16% of Orthodox believers) observe fast partially (for example tried not to drink alcohol and restrict themselves in food). Only one per cent of Russians (one per cent of Orthodox believers) strictly observe fast.

Majority of Russians are going to celebrate Easter. 66% of respondents will decorate Easter eggs (74% of Orthodox believers), buy or bake Easter cakes – 66% and 64% correspondently, some will go to see their friends or will welcome guests at their homes – 50% and 55% correspondently, some respondents are going to visit cemeteries – 20% and 24% correspondently. 19% of Russians will consecrate Easter cakes, 6% will go to church, 7% will just make presents to their relatives.

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