Free time in the United Kingdom is highly valued and what people do during this
time is very personalized. Many families spend time together, young singles and
couples often times go out to a pub or restaurant with friends, and for extended
time off, many people like to take vacations, or holiday to a seaside resort or
However, variations exist for everyone in the United Kingdom. To some people religion
is very important and this often times dictates how an individual lives and attending
church, mosque, or synagogue is a weekly ritual. For others sports is important
and evenings and weekends are consumed with playing or watching sports with friends.
Most people in the United Kingdom identify as English,
Welsh, Scottish, or Irish. The latter three groups of people are almost wholly defined
by ethnicity, but many ethnic Irish first identify by religion, either Protestant
or Catholic, then secondly identify as being Irish. English, however, is defined
by more than just ethnicity; although most people that identify as being English
are ethnically English, second generation immigrants often identify as being English
as well. This has created a changing identity, whose definition is more based upon
being a citizen of the country rather than a wholly ethnically-defined identity.
The Irish, Welsh, and Scottish don't have significant immigration numbers to
their regions so there is little need to re-define these terms, which remain primarily
defined by ethnicity and culture. Most people also identify, to some degree, as
being British, which is a reference to the large island of Great Britain, but is
also often used in a political sense, meaning a citizen of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland.