International Picnic Day 2020: Know Origin, Significance, How to plan a picnic, What to do International Picnic Day

International Picnic Day 2020: International Picnic Day is observed on 18 June every year to celebrate Picnic which is one of the ways of enjoying nature, spending time with family, getting to know people, and relax oneself. Picnic is a fun activity to undertake with friends, family, especially on the International Picnic Day 2020. This article will tell you more about the Meaning of picnic, History of International Picnic Day 2020, Importance, Ways to Celebrate, and how to plan a picnic.

Updated: Jun 09, 2020 18:04 IST

International Picnic Day 2020: Know Origin, Significance, How to plan a picnic, What to do International Picnic Day

Suganya Vedham

International Picnic Day 2020:

International Picnic Day 2020 that falls yearly on June 18 is an excellent opportunity to take off our busy schedules and organize a picnic with our dear ones. It is a good way to enjoy pleasant weather and it helps to bond well with family and friends with games, music, and food. On this day you can also enjoy picnics with an international flair. 

Mix up your picnics with dishes from various cuisines. These can include Asian food like curries, rice, vegetables, tempura shrimp, chicken, or fish. Soak in the flavours of various places by adding Turkish flatbreads, Italian cheeses, American hamburgers, and French bread. Fruits like apples, pears, oranges, grapes, pineapple complement picnic meals well. Sweet desserts, even ice cream are a hit. Indian favourites like bhutta (sweet corn) and fruit chaat ( a spicy fruit salad) are refreshing to have on a warm sunny day.

What is Picnic?

Picnic is a meal that is had outdoors in scenic surroundings like a park, countryside, or any other place with an interesting view. It is usually undertaken when the weather is good, such as in spring or summer. Picnics are usually had as late morning or midday meals, but can also be done in the evenings. It was an essential part of the 19th-century social life as it also was an opportunity for young people to interact freely. 

History of International Picnic Day

The actual origin of the International Picnic Day is unknown, but it is understood to have arisen in the period towards the end of the French Revolution and the Victorian Era. Although the origins of International Picnic Day are not known, it does not dampen its popularity as people in many countries go out for a picnic to celebrate the day. The word picnic may have been derived from the verb piquer, meaning ‘to pick or peck’, and the noun nique, ‘‘a small amount’. It began in the 18th century as a favourite pastime of the aristocracy and were indoor affairs, venues being home, or hired rooms. By the 20th century, outdoor picnics were common in England. The exact origin of International Picnic Day is not known but it is generally accepted as an informal food holiday that is an escape from formality.

How to celebrate International Picnic Day 2020?

International Picnic Day is a made-up holiday that is celebrated on June 18. You can celebrate this day by packing your picnic basket, hopping into the car, or walking to a cheery picnic spot area and enjoy a meal outside, either by yourself or with your family and friends. Spending the day with loved ones is a great way to observe this unofficial holiday.

What is the significance of observing International Picnic Day?

International Picnic Day is a day that encourages people to spend the day outdoors and enjoy the company of other people. Various charity events are also conducted on this day and schools use this opportunity to organize picnics for their students. People can take this chance to meet their friends and families and go on picnics. It helps to slow down the routine and catch up with things they may have missed.

How to plan a Picnic?

Organizing a picnic can be a fun way to get to know new people better or to have a good time with people you already know. These are some tips to plan a good picnic:

  • Plan ahead, pick a good place to go to, confirm the number of people who will be attending. Make a list of food items or beverages, keeping in mind everyone’s preference. 

  • Delegate tasks to the guests who will attend the picnic. This is a good way to make sure everyone feels like they played a part. 

  • You can also do a potluck. This means that every person who is attending will bring along a dish that can be shared with the group. Potlucks help to add variety to a meal.

  • Plan interesting activities for the day. These may be games, singing songs, group sports,  or running races and storytelling for kids.

  • Be prepared for any untoward circumstances. Pack basic first aid kits, umbrellas, and any other useful items. 

What is essential for a picnic?

All picnics will have some items that are needed commonly. They help to make a picnic more comfortable and it will help to make sure you have all of them by ticking them off a checklist. These may be :

  • Food and beverages

  • Cups and plates

  • Towels for cleaning and bags to collect waste

  • Blanket to spread on the ground before sitting down

  • Basket or any other carrier to hold the food items

International Picnic Day Quotes

Nothing is better than a picnic - Zooey Deschanel

Unless you are at a picnic, life is no picnic - Jane Wagner

You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather. - Andre

 Life is a picnic on a precipice - W.H. Auden

Dinner and a movie, forget that I’d rather have a picnic and a waterfall - Amanda Grace

There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort - W. Somerset Maugham

International Picnic Day - FAQ

1. What food do you have at a picnic?

Salads and sandwiches are popular picnic food as they are easy to make and carry. Fruit juice and soft drinks are some beverages that are commonly consumed at picnics. Picnic food should be easy to pick and eat, so chocolates or rolls are a good idea.

2. What to do at a picnic?

Picnics are for leisurely activities which can be things like playing games like hiding and seek, reading a book, singing songs with friends, playing board games, or simply talking to your friends and family.

3. Is it common to have picnics in India?

Yes. Families usually go on a one-day outing to nearby picnic spots, public parks, or hill-stations, which is the same as going on a picnic. Schools also take students for picnics as a relaxing break from the normal routine.

4. What are the ideal foods for an Indian picnic?

Indian snacks like samosas, puris, pakodas, chappati rolls are good options for picnics. Fruits, vegetables, in the form of salads, are also desirable.  Chips and other finger food are most enjoyed at picnics.

5. Which was the largest picnic?

The Guinness Book of World Records records that the world's largest picnic was held in Lisbon, Portugal. Over 22,000 people were believed to have attended this picnic that was organized by Realizar Impact Marketing and Modelo on June 20, 2009.

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