Today, June 18: Celebrating International Picnic Day

From pique-nique in the French language through “picnic” in English to “Tozig” (from Aramaic) as the Hebrew substitute – go out to spend time in nature

A family French picnic in Paris. Photo Depositphotos

It is true that they say ‘life is not a picnic’, but today, June 18, they are – because on this day we celebrate ‘International Picnic Day’. Picnic Day is an opportunity to dine al fresco with your spouse, friends or family. The word “picnic”Comes from the French language, from the word pique-nique, which appeared in 1692 in the book Origines de la Langue Françoise by Jill Ménage.

From the French language the word translated into English into the word “picnic”. Some think that the word also passed through the German language before the word Picnic. In the past, the word “tozig” (from Aramaic) was suggested as a Hebrew replacement for “picnic”, but did not take root.

Most romantic to dine together in front of the sunset, in Rosh Hanikra. Photo by Shosh Lahav

A picnic is an outdoor meal that became a popular pastime in France after the French Revolution in the 19th century. Until the revolution, the parks in France were open only to the nobility and after that, the common people were also allowed to enter them. The picnics of the time were elaborate social events, with menus offering a variety of cold meats and pies prepared a few days in advance. International Picnic Day is celebrated in many countries, although its origins are uncertain. In honor of this day, picnics of charity events, picnics of schools and all kinds of groups are organized, which are organized especially to mark the event.

So you too are invited to celebrate International Picnic Day. Take a basket with sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and dessert and go to the park, forest, beach or public garden, to enjoy a pleasant breakfast, or lunch in nature, and most romantic to dine together in front of the sunset.

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