Evenings are often filled with collecting food for the next day, socializing, or
playing sports with friends. Most days the people just take their time as they stop
by a family member's or neighbor's house only to socialize. The evening
meal is generally shared with the family then most people relax and socialize some
more until as late as midnight. In some villages there are actually curfews, but
they tend to be fairly late.
On most weekends, holidays, and free time the Samoans like
to spend time with family, this is especially true when they have a few free days
in a row as city dwellers return to their villages. Weekends are also a good time
to clean the house and collect food from gardens and farms. This is how most Samoans
spend their free time if they're not socializing. Many Samoans are also regular
church goers on Sunday. This day is also the day when most Samoans have umu,
which is a large community feast, but it is considered a day of rest and no sports
or other work is done in most villages.
Nearly everyone in Samoa is ethnically Samoan and they identify
as such. The definition of being "Samoan" can almost wholly be defined
with the term fa'asamoa (or "fa'a Samoa," meaning
"Samoan Way"), which is somewhat difficult to define. This term refers
to the most important values in Samoan culture, which is more important to the Samoan
identity than just being ethnically Samoan (although this factor also contributes
to being "Samoan"). Fa'asamoa dictates that the most important
aspects of Samoan culture are family, language, genealogy, the church, the political
structure (but no particular political belief or party), and community among others.
This is a strict standard of how the Samoans believe a person should live his or
her life based on family, community, and selflessness.