Free time in Antigua & Barbuda is often translated to mean socialization time
with friends, neighbors, or family. This is especially true since most of the people
live in more rural areas so conversation and socialization becomes even more important
when given the opportunity. This makes local shops, markets, and churches gathering
points for the people where family and community come together. Despite work providing
jobs, money, and routine, it is these places where people gather that seems to be
at the heart of the lifestyle.
The people of Antigua & Barbuda generally
first identify as either Antiguans or Barbudans, which is a geographically-defined
term that dictates what island the individual is from. They also identify in this
way to represent their citizenship. As a people unite by commonalities and history,
not necessarily ethnicities, the identity of the people tends to revolve around
anything that can be used to unite the people and this begins with their island
and nationality, then continues on to their local foods and culture.
This search for commonalities also includes slavery, so another important aspect
of this identity for some people is skin color. The people generally consider being
of African descent as an important aspect of their identity,
although there are numerous people of other complexions that are accepted as being
Antiguans or Barbudans, although these people must also be born on the islands.