2012-01-11 12:42:00

Two thirds of Russians planned to celebrate Christmas - poll

Moscow, January 11, Interfax - On January 6, Friday, Orthodox believers resumed their Christmas Lent that had begun on November 28.

Yury Levada's Analytic Center told Interfax that majority of Russians - 65% - planned to celebrate Christmas on January 7 this year.

Number of Russians who celebrate Christmas according to the Old calendar decreased down to 61% last year, but this year sociologists say it again makes an average for the recent years 66-68%.

According to the All-Russian poll, among those who were going to celebrate Christmas on January 7 were mostly office workers (74%), students and learners (70%), generally women (69%), Russians aged from 40 to 55 (68%), with secondary education (67%), with high income level (68%), living in provincial towns with over than half million population (70%).