On the 12th of December Elena Prutskova presented a report “Holy Saturday: The poll of the “Sociology of Religion” Laboratory” at the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Service. The report presents the results of a research project conducted in 31 temples of the Eastern Vicariate of Moscow on the day of Holy Saturday – April 30, 2016. On this day the Orthodox believers come to the temple for the blessing of Easter cakes and colored eggs. The survey took place in the queue, over 13 thousand people were interviewed. The questionnaire included questions about how people are preparing for Easter and how they plan to celebrate it, about family tradition of Easter, and which other holidays people find important, about the various components of the Church life, and many more. The survey revealed that there are several significantly different social types of Orthodox believers, who came for the blessing of Easter cakes.
More detailed information about the project is available in “Research Reports”.