6 Ways To Celebrate World Vegan Day on November 1
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world every 1 November. The event was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the UK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization and the coining of the terms "vegan" and "veganism".
The Vegan Society first began as an offshoot of The Vegetarian Society in November 1944, when Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and friends felt the important need to distinguish the difference between not eating meat, and not eating any products from animals.
Remember that veganism is not just a diet. In 1979, The Vegan Society further defined being vegan as:
"A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."
The month of November is also celebrated as World Vegan Month - Thirty days of celebrating vegans around the world.
If you have been considering going vegan, World Vegan Day is the perfect time to take the plunge.
The Vegan Society has created a supportive plan, known as the Vegan Pledge to help you every step of the way in those important first 30 days of veganism. When you sign up, you will receive daily updates by email to help you stay motivated and to help you tackle the most common challenges of staying vegan.
Sign up today at https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge and then stick around to look at all of the wonderful resources The Vegan Society has to offer to help you in your efforts to simultaneously clean up your diet, improve the health of the planet, and of course – save the lives of precious animals.
Need some ideas for celebrating World Vegan Month? Here are just a few:
1. Organise a vegan themed lunch at work - make a delicious dish and show your co-workers that being vegan is not about deprivation, but celebrating good, wholesome, plant-based food.
2. Host a vegan themed movie night - go beyond just air-popped popcorn and create a buffet of vegan appetizers to share with friends while watching a movie (maybe even check out What the Health or Cowspiracy on Netflix, expanding on the vegan theme)
3. In the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving in November, which is usually filled with turkey and other meaty/cheesy dishes. Invite your family to a cruelty-free meal instead!
4. Make a donation to your favorite vegan charity or animal sanctuary.
5. Buy a shirt or hat that expresses to the world how you feel about being vegan. Post on social media to celebrate World Vegan Day
6. Take part in a vegan outreach or community service event.
For more ideas, visit The Vegan Society website today!
Resource: The Vegan Society
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