For service-heavy positions in some sectors, such as the entertainment sector, weekends
(Saturday-Sunday) and evenings are required working times, but for those with more
consistent working hours, these times are when they get to enjoy the money they
worked hard to earn. For many families, evenings are spent with children, perhaps
helping with school work and for singles the nights might be spent with family or
friends. Bars, restaurants, and dance clubs are all popular forms of entertainment
in Germany, but sports and getting into the outdoors is also hugely popular. Many
Germans also like to take an extended vacation during the school's summer break,
most often in the month of August when many people like to get out of the cities
and head to the rural mountains or go abroad.
Germany is somewhat in the middle of an identity crisis.
In the past most people claimed to be German, which was defined by the ethnicity,
language, and political structure. However, since the Second World War, many Germans
believe this term has a negative connotation and people are now identifying in numerous
One of the most popular forms of identifying in Germany today is by region or local
ethnicity, such as Bavarian, Saxon, or Prussian. This was how most ethnic German
identified prior to the unification of Germany in the late 1800s and today many
people are again identifying in this way. Another popular way for the Germans to
identify is in a larger political term, calling themselves "European"
and arguing that all of Europe is one, a statement growing truer with the growth
of the European Union in recent decades. Still others primarily identify with a
political party as supporters of the Nationalist party, Neo-Nazi party, and Christian
Democrat party all have unique view points and these opinions tend to define how
many individual see themselves; some of these parties and identities are the result
of the suppression of the German identity. Despite all the differences, most people
identify as being German on some level.