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picnic,

social gathering at which each participant generally brings food to be shared. The Picnic Society was formed in London early in the 19th cent. by a group of fashionable people for purposes of entertainment. Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments, and this idea of mutual sharing or cooperation was fundamental to the original significance of the picnic. Later the word took on the additional meaning of an outdoor pleasure party. The word as now used includes almost every type of informal, outdoor meal or festivity, such as clambake, barbecuebarbecue
[West Indian or South American], in the United States, traditionally an open-air gathering, political or social, in which meats are roasted whole over a pit of embers and food and drink are liberally enjoyed.
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, or fish fry. The custom of cooperative dining is ancient; Greek men held symposia where the guests ate and discussed important matters.
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Thousands of picnickers had turned up at the city beaches on the second day of Eid although the administration had imposed ban on entering or bathing in the sea due to rough sea condition.
Al Marashi said: "It's sad sometimes to see the irresponsible behaviour of some of the picnickers.
Fires are a common occurrence in the summer and can sometimes be triggered by campers and picnickers who inadvertently trigger massive blazes.
Picnickers will be invited to create poppy mosaics using plastic tiles, which will be on display in Morpeth Town Hall's Butter Market in the runup to Remembrance Sunday.
Reminding of the tragic deaths of picnickers, mainly comprising youth, during last Eid ul Fitr, that also happened to be monsoon season, the Commissioner said negligence had turned the festivity into mourning.
NORTH East picnickers are the pickiest when it comes to going al fresco in the absence of sunshine, a survey has found.
NEARLY 150,000 visitors crammed Barry Island yesterday and, with the glorious weather drawing many picnickers to the seaside, it was the busiest day on the roads this summer.
It urged all citizens, residents and picnickers not to approach these areas for their safety.
Officials moreover put the onus on picnickers for not being careful while swimming in rough seas amid poor security and administrative arrangements.
An undetermined number of picnickers were swept away Wednesday because of heavy winds on beaches near Karachi.
The fire squads in the field told me that they thought the fire was not set by picnickers because the guards in the forest would not allow it.
You were yogis on the beach, dancers in the park, stargazers, happy wanderers and gumbooted picnickers.