1 November observed as a World Vegan Day globally every year. The day is celebrated to spread benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals, and the natural environment. World 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 (English animal rights advocate ) 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.
- Every year there are a number of festivals and exhibitions held globally by vegan societies.
- There are many local events, talks and cooking demonstrations organised by individuals. World Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general.
In 1994, World Vegan Day was established by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the UK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organisation and the coining of the terms “vegan” and “veganism”. The President of the Vegan Society decided to elect the date of the 1st of November. This is now recognised as the date on which the Vegan Society was founded and on which Vegan Day would be observed globally.
1 November World Vegan Day