Evenings and weekends in Belgium are occupied in any number of ways. After a long
day of work many people prefer staying in for dinner, but for others this is the
best time to socialize and get out on the town. Likewise, weekends (Saturday-Sunday)
are also occupied with numerous activities based on personal preference. For many
children social activities, clubs, and sports occupy this time, while for others
traveling over summer vacation or hitting the town with friends are preferred.
Most Belgians identify as being Belgian, which is a strict
nationalistic identity; being Belgian is defined by being a citizen of Belgium and
nothing more. This primary identity was formed to unify the people, who are ethnically
diverse, but who also to cling to each other and their freedom over outside invaders
Among themselves, and many times with foreigners in their country, most Belgians
secondly identify by their ethnicity, most notably in the way of being "Flemish"
(ethnic and linguistic Dutch, but they don't identify
as Dutch) or Walloon (ethnic and linguistic French, but again,
don't identify as French).