Most evenings are spent with family in the home, although some people also work
at this time, especially those working the fields as the mid-day heat can be too
much to handle so they work mornings and evenings. For some of these people the
weekends are also occupied with work in order to feed their family or to maintain
their standard of living. On weekends many young people enjoy getting together to
play soccer (football), volleyball, or another sport. Also common for people of
all ages are impromptu visits to see neighbors, family, or friends. These visits
may only last a few minutes or hours. For larger celebrations the whole community
may gather in the local maneaba, perhaps after church on Sunday.
The people of Kiribati tend to identify as either i-Kiribati
or Gilbertese, which is an identity defined by a combination of country, language,
religion, culture, and lifestyle. Nearly everyone in Kiribati identifies in this
way and it is strongly attached to the culture and lifestyle of the people. This
includes their religion, language, and lifestyle among others. This identity is
somewhat attached to the political entity as well, but anyone from the country who
lives outside is borders is also considered to be i-Kiribati or Gilbertese as well.
It is important to note that this identity includes all people in Kiribati, not
just those people in the "Gilbert Islands."