Friday, October 11, 2013

4 Weekend Activities That Are Bigger In America Than the UK

It is often said (by people like me) that everything is bigger in the United States; the same is true of specific weekend activities, at least in so far as said activities are more widely practiced. Whether it includes a fun day out with the family or a day of dedicated application, here are 4 weekend activities that are bigger in the United States than they are in the UK. Note: this list purposely omits American holidays, such as Fourth of July weekend or Thanksgiving weekend.

1. Homecoming
Occurring between the end of September and early October, homecoming is a chiefly American university tradition, in which college alumni are welcomed back to their college. The event is usually a bombastic affair, which includes a game (usually American football), a marching band and the coronation of the homecoming king and queen.

2. Yard Sales
Largely a summer activity, yard sales are a highly popular way in the United States of offloading surplus possessions for small financial gain. Families will even erect signs a mile from their house in an effort to alert drivers to the sale's location. While such sales do exist in the UK, they are often organised by just children with the aim of selling toys.

3. School-Related Activities
While it is not unheard of for kids in the UK to do extra-curricula school activities on a weekend, the concept is no way near as widespread as it is stateside; in the United States, high school students will sign up for every conceivable event, from marching-band practice to extra gymnasium class. 

4. Attending Church
Overall, church plays a much larger role in American life than it does in the UK. This is hardly surprising, given that 37% of the UK's population say they do not believe in God, compared to just 10% of non-believers in the United States. Additionally, Americans tend to be a lot more open about their faith than Brits, with phrases such as, "have a blessed day", God bless you", and "amen" in wider use across America.

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