MINSK, 13 May (BelTA) - Victory Day is the most important national holiday for Belarusians, Nikolai Sukhotsky, Deputy Director for Science and Innovations at the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, said as he cited findings of a telephone poll in an interview with BelTA.
The Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus conducted a telephone interview survey “Public opinion on the events of the Great Patriotic War, historical memory”. The poll was running from 27 March to 11 April February and covered 902 people.
Pollsters asked what national holidays of Belarus were the most important for respondents.
The answers were the following: 81.7% of respondents answered “Victory Day”, 53.4% said “Independence Day”, 20.5% responded “Constitution Day”, 16.6% said “Day of Unity of the Peoples of Belarus and Russia”, 13.5% said “Day of People's Unity”, 12.7% responded “Day of the National Flag, the National Emblem and the National Anthem”, 5.7% said “None”, and 5.8% of respondents found it difficult to answer.
“It was largely predictable that the majority of Belarusians named Victory Day the main national holiday. We can see that the majority of Belarusians consider Victory Day and Independence Day to be the most important public holidays. It is noteworthy that both holidays are directly linked with the history of the Great Patriotic War. Indeed, 9 May and 3 July are unprecedentedly important dates in the history of our country, and are considered to be a symbol of freedom and peace for Belarusians,” Nikolai Sukhotsky said.