Days begin early in Vanuatu as school and work tends to
begin at about 7:30 am so the people wake even earlier. For those working the fields
or seas work begins when they awake and get moving, which again tends to be early.
For those in regulated work environments and in school, the day has a set pattern
and most people return home by early evening. For the others the schedule differs
day to day based on what the world offers. No matter a person's occupation,
many people in Vanuatu have a small plot of land for crops and take some time each
day is spent growing and picking these crops for the day's meal.
Evenings and weekends are usually filled with socializing with friends and family,
while many children like to play games; on Sunday many people attend church. It
is this relaxation time that most people enjoy as the culture of the Ni-Vanuatu
demands this pace and this pace of life is why so many foreigners have made their
way to the country to call it home.
There is a strong push for a national identity in Vanuatu,
which has been adopted by some people, especially those in the larger cities. However,
many people still identify on a smaller scale as they identify with their local
island, island group, their language group (there are over 100 languages), or their
local culture, which is often tied to the ethnicity, island, and language as well.
Today it is truly up the individual as to whether he or she first identifies with
their nation or local island; most people in island villages still primarily identify
with that island, village, or language, while many people in the cities are a mix
of ethnicities and speak a single language so tend to identify more on a national