Your choice of whether to listen to the New Year speech of your Head of State might not be considered interesting, let alone newsworthy.
But in Ukraine things are a bit different.
A survey by the Razumkov centre into society’s attitudes to the Christmas and New Year holidays uncovered some notable findings.
Apparently some 71% of Ukrainians planned to listen to their President’s New Year speech. And some 38% planned to listen to the speech by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. That’s right, the Russian President’s speech!
There are no insights into these questions from the Razumkov centre or the Kiev Post who reported them. Geographic proximity is one thing. But doubtless their sociologists will be hard at work in the weeks to come trying to make sense of it all.
One thing that the Razumkov team did uncover were the country’s views on the Julian and Gregorian calendar New Years. Lest we forget, the New Year remains a construct that isn’t shared by all countries or all faiths at all the same time.
Happy New Year.
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