Spending Time Outdoors on International Picnic Day
The word ‘picnic’ owes its origin to the French who popularized this informal outdoor meal after the revolution. Interestingly picnics have changed a lot since conception. In the 19th century, picnics were very elaborate affairs. Picnic menus featured an interesting range of pies and cold meats, taking several days to prepare. The modern picnic is very different and usually consists of easy to prepare meals like sandwiches and salads along with juices and packaged snacks like chips. Barbecues are also very popular and make for an exciting addition to the picnic menu.
Many countries celebrate International Picnic Day with people enjoying the holiday as well as a chance of eating out in the open air and enjoying with friends and family. The origin of the day is not certain. There is no information about the creator of the day too. However, the day is celebrated with gusto. Interesting activities that are part of the celebrations include walking, hiking or riding a bicycle besides many fun games. The importance of the day lies in stepping away from the stress and having fun with loved ones.
International Picnic Day is celebrated on the 18th of June every year and is meant to be spent with family & friends. There are no rules on how to celebrate the day. The day and all activities need to be planned with just one central theme- having fun. So be it food, drink or games just stay with what you are comfortable. For instance, if you are planning a picnic with elderly family members, make sure that there is not too much hiking involved. That would only make the picnic very tiring for them. If children are included in your plans make sure that you have planned age appropriate games and food.
The importance of the day lies not in travelling a long way or visiting some exotic locale. Instead, try to cut down on travel time by choosing some place nearby. Then you can really enjoy your picnic with all the planned fun and games. Being in familiar territory would be an added advantage, particularly in case of any unforeseen emergency. The activities and games should be fun, challenging and interesting, but not tiring since monotonous and tiring games make for cranky people, is a bad idea
You could also celebrate the day by organizing charity events or a fun day with your local community. Try a potluck picnic so that everyone gets to enjoy the day rather than having to work hard at organizing food and drinks. So why waste time trying to research the origin of the day or make rules on how to celebrate the day? Just go out and indulge yourself with food, drink, pleasant company and a whole host of fun activities so that you can come back feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and all set to face a new and challenging day.
"Kissing a man with a beard is a lot like going to a picnic. You don't mind going through a little bush to get there!"
- Minnie Pearl
"Nothing's better than a picnic."
- Zooey Deschanel
"Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic."
- W. H. Auden
"People don't want to go to the dump and have a picnic, they want to go out to a beautiful place and enjoy their day. And so I think our job is to try to take the environment, take what the good Lord has given us, and expand upon it or enhance it, without destroying it."
- Jack Nicklaus
"I can't get enough of London! I love all the picnic benches, the old-school phone booths and parks in the middle of the city."
- Jessica Lowndes
"I suppose I would still prefer to sit under a tree with a picnic basket rather than under a gas pump, but signs and comic strips are interesting as subject matter."
- Roy Lichtenstein
"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors."
- Alice Walker
"Suffering from dysentery at sea was no picnic."
- Pamela Stephenson
"Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let the players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches."
- Paul Hogan
"I've liked lots of people 'til I went on a picnic jaunt with them."
- Bess Truman
"If you look at tailgating, everyone does it. It's for everyone who likes to cook outdoors. It could be a 4th of July picnic."
- John Madden