Specialists of the All-Russian Public Opinion Foundation conducted a study of the role of New Year’s celebration in the life of Russians. According to the results of the study, 86% of Russians will celebrate the New Year at home, 5% will visit friends or relatives, and another 4% will work.
In general, almost all Russians (85% of respondents) consider New Year to be an important holiday because it is a holiday of hopes for a better future (36%), an important national tradition (16%), as well as a good reason to meet with loved ones (15%).
According to the Russian tradition, 88% of Russian families decorate a Christmas tree, 89% of survey participants give gifts on this holiday, which 76% of respondents especially like (while 11% of respondents consider it a tedious duty). Also, 56% of Russians are satisfied with the number of days-off introduced due to New Year’s holidays this year, while 25% would even reduce their number.
As for the New Year tree, the majority of the country’s residents (42%) decorate it a few days before the celebration, 21% do it even earlier, 13% decorate the Christmas tree on New Year’s Eve (December 30-31), and 10% have already set it up. At the same time, 57% of respondents remove the Christmas tree after the Old New Year, 24% even later, and 7% after Christmas.