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Picnic at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

A picnic is a event to eat outdoors, have a break, enjoy the warm sunshine, and have fun in a free time. It is usually held in a park or other open places. People bring the food for picnics in lunch boxes or in picnic baskets. Food for picnics is prepared on location such as grilled foods or at home. [1] After the meal, people often play games and sports, for example, playing catch, badminton and Frisbee. Having a picnic, we eat wherever we want to. Creating your original foods and games can be enjoyments of picnics.[2]


In the 12th century, a picnic was described in the Persian poetry of The Rubaiyat:

"A book of verse beneath the bough,
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness –
Ah, wilderness were paradise enough!"
Omar Khayyam[3]

In 1800, the Picnic Society in London was organized by people who met from time to time to dine together.[4]

In art

A famous painting of a picnic is Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass). It was painted in 1862 by the French artist Édouard Manet.

Related pages


  1. "Picnic Recipes". Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  2. "Picnic Ideas". Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  3. Chisholm, Barbara. "A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine," Austin Chronicle, April 22, 2005; excerpt, "But what constitutes the Perfect Picnic? ... it doesn't get any better than the outdoor dining menu devised by Omar Khayyam in his 12th century 'The Rubaiyat'"; retrieved 2012-6-12.
  4. Jackson, Jeremy. (2005). Good Day For A Picnic: Simple Food That Travels Well, p. 4.

Other websites

Media related to Picnic at Wikimedia Commons Japanese sites