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International Picnic Day promotes the joy of outdoor eating and social bonding with family, friends, and neighbors. It encourages outdoor activities, environmental awareness, and the connection with nature that picnics bring about. This social observance highlights the importance of spending quality time with loved ones amidst our busy lives and emphasizes the simple yet enjoyable activity of gathering, sharing food, and creating unforgettable memories.
Though the origins of International Picnic Day are uncertain, historical accounts suggest that picnicking started in the 17th-century French royal court and became a popular pastime among European aristocrats and later, the middle class. In America, the tradition of picnicking dates back to the early days of the country's founding, when settlers would congregate for communal meals and celebrations. Over the years, the picnic culture in the United States has evolved into a beloved and widespread phenomenon, becoming an integral part of American holidays like Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
In observance of International Picnic Day, Americans host or participate in picnics held in backyards, public parks, and other outdoor spaces. Families and communities come together to enjoy a diverse range of home-cooked meals or picnic classics such as sandwiches, salads, and grilled foods. Various outdoor games and activities further enhance the festive atmosphere of the day. International Picnic Day is observed globally on June 18th.
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