World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world every 1 November. The benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals, and the natural environment are celebrated through activities such as setting up stalls, hosting potlucks, and planting memorial trees.
Along with celebrating the start of the Vegan Society, Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson and derived from the word Vegetarian. At that time, the differentiation was that Vegans did not consume dairy products. Later this extended to eggs, and by 1951, veganism had become a movement of people who did not partake in the exploitation of animals.
History of World Vegan Day
On November 1st, 1944, Donald Watson called a meeting of 5 other non-dairy vegetarians that he knew to discuss non-dairy vegetarian diets. As such, they founded a new movement that would be eventually called the vegan lifestyle. Over the years, they clarified the definition of their vegan diet and in 1979, it became a charity. In 1994, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Vegan Society, a day to commemorate and promote the vegan lifestyle was proposed by Louise Wallis – who was chair of the society at the time. Since then, World Vegan Day has been used to celebrate and promote the vegan lifestyle.
What Happens on World Vegan Day?
World Vegan Day is not an official holiday so, businesses, schools, and government offices are open. Vegan groups and practitioners of veganism organize educational drives and workshops to bring attention to the importance of animal rights and kindness towards our fellow creatures on Earth. Many restaurants and cafés provide special menus for their vegan customers and they may even give discounts to celebrate World Vegan Day.
Veganism is usually adopted for one of two reasons: either it’s dietary or ethical. Either way, its a sure shot way to cleanse the mind, body and soul. Animal products are known to be high on saturated fat, cholesterol and are frequently being linked to obesity. On the other hand, plant-based food is cholesterol free, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
World Vegan Day Quotes
“May all that have life be delivered from suffering.” -Buddha
“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” -Haile Selassie
“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.” -Ellen DeGeneres
“The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Gandhi
“If you think that being vegan is difficult, imagine being a factory farmed animal.” -Davegan Raza
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” -Anatole France
“I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack.” -Russell Brand
“To get mud off your hands, use soap and water. To get blood off your hands, go vegan.” -John Sakars
“Life is too short to make others shorter.” -Chris Hannah (Propagandhi)
“Animals are here with us, not for us.” -Anonymous