The thing we do regularly for enjoyment rather than work is called pastime. In other words, pastime means one’s activities in one’s leisure. It provides us with opportunities for rest and recreation. It differs from place to place. In our country pastime varies in respect of locality. The young and the old have both common and uncommon leisure pursuits. In the village, we find men pass their leisure by chatting. They also indulge in some games and sports, namely ha-du-du, boat race, kiting, etc. Some village people enjoy doing social activities as their pastimes. Some take part in cultural activities like jatra’, jari-gan, etc. In the town, we see people taking part in the discussion on political issues at tea-stalls. At present, young generations like to play video games. When they get leisure time they become busy with the computer. In this scientific era, our pastimes have changed. It is to be noted that everyone should enjoy his or her activities related to the pastime.
Many people are fond of spending their leisure before television. Listening to music is also a common pursuit for both the young and the old. They watch programs of different satellite channels. The younger generation is very much fond of cricket and hence they prefer sports channels. Playing games on the computer, chatting on the internet, and watching TV are the common leisure pursuit of both educated and uneducated young people. At present men and women both youngers and elders, boys and girls pass their time by watching different YouTube videos, scrolling on Facebook, Twitter, and different social media. Then, women in the city areas are fond of watching drama and films on television. Nowadays the city people prefer to attend the concert of band music and pop music.
Leisure is spent in different ways in different countries such as the Chinese pass their leisure watching TV, the Japanese pass their leisure joining English clubs. Canadians love to spend their leisure going outside, hunting, watching birds, etc. The Chinese spend their time with their family members in parks. The Japanese love sports and spend their time playing baseball, golf, and practicing martial arts. Students spend their leisure in English clubs or art clubs or doing skateboarding. Thus pastimes vary from region to region.
The pastimes which are common all over the world are watching television, reading novels, collecting stamps, sightseeing, gardening, walking, gossiping, fishing, going on picnics, etc. The youths are turning to newer ways and video games, social networking, online chatting are gaining strong ground. I have a keen interest in photography. That is why it is my pastime favorite. Above all, one thing is common to all the people and it is gossiping. I think traveling is very helpful for all because it widens our knowledge to some extent.