COVID-19: Bringing the virtual element into International Picnic Day

Khevna Pandit
Thursday, 18 June 2020

It is difficult to imagine a picnic without the shadow of social distancing upon us, however with technology at our disposal, a lot of us have found ways to make the most of International Picnic Day

The idea of basking in the sunshine, with a sumptuous feast ahead of us seems like a distant memory. And for those of us who aren't blessed with an expansive backyard, picnics may seem out of the question for us! When we talk about western India, picnics and outings make a perfect pair. The waterfalls, the mountains, the beaches remain memories or longings in these COVID-19 times.

However, just like other things that were initially impossible to conduct online, the world has found a way to celebrate International Picnic Day in their own, unique way. 

Why do we celebrate International Picnic Day? 

International Picnic Day is celebrated every year on June 18. It was brought about to encourage people to go outside. While the true origins of this day remain unknown, it can be traced back to the end of the French Revolution and was established to enjoy the great outdoors. People across the world would go out and appreciate a good company along with some food et al. 

Virtual picnicking is the new normal

With COVID-19 taking over our plans this year, celebrating International Picnic Day may have to take a backseat. However, people across the world have found several ways to make the most of this sentiment. They have been celebrating in their own capacity. Here are some endearing examples of virtual picnics that have been taking place all over the Twitterverse:

 

How can you celebrate International Picnic Day? 

You don't have to step out to have a good meal and enjoy it with your friends or family. With technology at our disposal, it has become a lot more convenient to celebrate the idea of International Picnic Day like never before. Here are a few simple ways to celebrate the concept of togetherness while sitting at home: 

  1. Celebrate across balconies, or gather your family to have a picnic in your balcony
  2. Bring in online games and ludo during Zoom picnics
  3. Cook up an indoor picnic and get your buddies on Facetime 
  4. Arrange for a BlueTooth speaker party that you can share with your building mates
  5. Create a fortress inside your house for the day, and include delicacies that you can enjoy with your family

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