1.Foreign holidays are more popular among young people.
2.There are differences between young people in rural and urban environments.
Structure of the questionnaire:
• The questionnaires were applied to 92 subjects aged 15-18 years:
o 46 from an rural environment
o 46 from an urban environment
• The questionnaire was structured in 3 parts comprising:
1. Closed questions that endorsed the meaning and the knowledge about when these holidays are celebrated
2. Questions concerning feast methods and preferences for certain holidays
3. Open questions concerning the reasons for the attitude of young interviewed people, based on the 2 types of holidays that were endorsed in the questionnaire.
After the analysis of the questionnaires were referred the following issues:
• the significance of traditional holidays were recognized by the vast majority of subjects (very few errors) and also the number of unknowledgeable was insignificant , but a considerable difference between the two environments was noticed.
• regarding the manner of celebration, 70% of youth say they strive to celebrate through specific habits
• 20% used to organize parties and provide gifts
• 10% go to the disco
• 95% of the respondents were informed about these traditional festivals through their family, while the source of information for foreign holidays was the media (98%)
• In connection with the assumption of giving up to celebrating traditional holidays, or to foreign ones, or both:
We can say that the figures are relatively equal in urban and in rural areas and that young people are willing to give up celebrating holidays that are considered to be contemporary and fashionable
• The respondents overwhelmingly agree that young people prefer imported holidays and that is lamentable, but their arguments supporting their view ensue from the fact that local traditions are obsolete
The general opinion after the application of this questionnaire is that information should be provided primarily in the family and then enriched by schools and that the role of holidays is one of relaxation, fun and in the end of celebrating cosmic time, deity, etc.
We didn’t notice notable differences between young people from rural areas and the ones from urban areas and we believe that:
-both groups are poorly informed, willing to "modernize" without an authentic traditional culture
-mass media sources made preferences and knowledge uniform
-unfortunately we observed a damage to the family role in education and to the printing of a lifestyle that includes the spread of customs from generation to generation, preserving local traditions. It should not be regarded as an effort devoid of satisfaction or as an event seen as an opportunity to socialize and spend but as a landmark of personal life
-the significance of a holiday is considered superficial, far from being a transcendent moment etc.
-people regret that traditions are lost, but the task of preventing this is obviously placed to schools or families.