For the urbanites life is somewhat different as their daily schedules are also heavily
determined by work life as some people have set working hours, which typically last
from about 8:00 am to about 5:00 pm. Again for these people family is what life
is all about.
Since family is so important in Timor-Leste, education and school is also very important
as many families place this among their top priorities. However, education levels
vary significantly as there are few qualified teachers and some children don't
have access to schools.
None-the-less, the people of Timor-Leste tend to stress education and family. Likewise,
community and religion are important aspects of their lives as time away from work
is often spent with family, friends, neighbors, and for many Catholic mass on Sundays.
The people of Timor-Leste identify in multiple ways,
but primarily by either their ethnicity or by their country. The country itself
was founded due to a differing past and religion from that of Indonesia and the
national identity is closely attached to these differences. As a former Portuguese
colony, the people are primarily Catholic, which immediately puts them in stark
contrast to the primarily Muslim population of Indonesia and this, along with citizenship,
is the primary means of defining an "East Timorese." More often though,
the people of Timor-Leste identify by their local ethnicity, which generally speaks
a different language, wears different dress, eats different foods, and has numerous
other cultural differences from the other people in the country and on the island
as a whole.