World Vegetarian Day is celebrated annually on October 1st. This single day begins a month–long celebration by the world’s vegans and vegetarians and those that support a cruelty-free world. In fact, many people who support Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and cruelty-free products are not vegans or vegetarians. And, they still participate in many of the activities that occur around the world during October to show their support for a cruelty-free, healthy world.
World vegetarian day begins a month-long celebration that features parties, presentations, potlucks and much more. The celebrations and educational awareness events are varied depending on who plans them and where they live. Individuals interested in vegetarianism are encouraged to go meatless for a day and learn about the many health benefits associated with this lifestyle choice.
Vegetarians take the opportunity to work with interested individuals and those who are moving towards a plant-based diet and help them accomplish their goals. Vegetarian diets are well-known for its health benefits as well as the positive impact it has on the environmental and its animal inhabitants.
Schools, colleges, health food stores, restaurants and health care centers are among the many types of establishments that support World Vegetarian Day and participate in activities during the month of October. There are many opportunities to experience vegetarian fare and learn how this lifestyle choice makes a difference in the world.
“World Vegetarian Day was founded by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) in 1977 and was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.” Although October 1st is the official date, the event has grown beyond a simple one-day celebration.
NAVS also sponsors a World Vegetarian Day contest. Individuals and groups can enter the “unique and creative way” they plan on celebrating World Vegetarian Day to win a free entry to the Vegetarian Summerfest conference.
Individuals, groups and businesses may also download or order a free poster to display in their communities. The poster provides information on World Vegetarian’s Day as well as information on what it means to be a vegetarian. The idea that what we eat impacts our health and well-being is not new. Spread the word with this well-designed poster that is sure to grab attention and teach others about the impact their food choices have on their bodies, the world’s animals, and the planet.