An overwhelming majority of Romanians say they are religious and observe Easter traditions, according to the results of a sociological research published on Friday by of the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES).
“Nearly 9 Romanians in 10 describe themselves as religious. The percentage is stable over the past six years: 87pct in 2015, 88pct in 2013, 89pct in 2012, 90pct in 2011 and 86pct in 2010. Three quarters of the respondents declare they attend church regularly, also a relatively constant percentage over the past six years. Among the practicing believers, 15pct say they go to church several times a week, 44pct several times a month, 14 percent a couple of times each year, and 18pct admit they go to church only on major holidays,” the study shows.
Two thirds (67pct) of the respondents think the Catholics and Orthodox should celebrate Easter on the same day. A similar proportion claims they observe the Lent.
More than half (54pct) of the interviewees see the holiday traditions as very important; more than one third (36) say traditions are important. Six in10 say there are no specific Easter traditions in their region. Out of the 35pct that claim there are such traditions, most mention egg dyeing (16pct), “sprinkling” (women with perfume) (14pct), attending the Easter Vigil (8pct) and sacrificing lambs (5pct).
IRES conducted the poll between April 4 and 6, on a representative sample of 1,006 people, with an error of 3 percent.