Most nights are spent at home with family, but after school activities and other
social clubs may occupy nights for many Australians. Weekends
are often filled with socializing, often spontaneous and unorganized socialization.
Everyone seems to have a different preference, but pubs, dance clubs, bars, and
restaurants are all popular for a night out. Getting outdoors to enjoy a trip on
the water, at the beach, playing a sport, or meeting at a park or someone's
house for a "barbie" (barbeque) are also great ways to enjoy life in Australia.
The people of Australia generally identify as being "Australian,"
but many of the minority groups and recent immigrants identify in numerous other
ways, most commonly with their ethnic identity. Likewise, most of the Aboriginals
identify in a way that reflects their ethnic roots.
The identity of being "Australian" is primarily a politically-defined
identity as any citizen of Australia can be considered
Australian. Most people who were born in Australia or grew up in the country identify
in this way above all else.
Beyond the political definition, to be "Australian" comes with a few identifying
traits, primarily based on the country's history. Bush life, which is often
translated to mean living off the land and understanding the landscape and wildlife
are important. The Australians also tend to support the underdog as they are a country
founded, essentially, by convicts. The British also
left behind a number of key features in the identity, including much of the diet
like tea as well as the English language. Finally, the Australians
are liberal-thinking as they are quite tolerant of differences, making diversity
and this ability to accept differences an important part of the Australian mentality.
For the many immigrants to Australia, each identifies
differently. Most first generation immigrants identify as a citizen of Australia,
but they primarily identify with their ethnicity, whether that be Chinese, Vietnamese,
or English. For their children (or for those who immigrated as a child), many first
identify as being Australian and only secondly with their ethnic background.