World Vegan Day

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World Vegan Day
Type International
Date 1 November
Next time 1 November 2015 (2015-11-01)
Frequency annual
An activity celebrating World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President & Chair of The Vegan Society UK to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Vegans around the world join together to celebrate animal rights. Animal advocates hold street stalls about veganism, host vegan potluck events, plant memorial trees for World Vegan Day[1] and give away animal friendly vegan baking.[2]

Speaking in 2011 Wallis said: "We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944, but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for the 1st November. Partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain/Halloween and the Day of the Dead - traditional times for feasting and celebration. Both apt and auspicious."[3]

2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the term 'vegan', 'veganism', and the establishment of The Vegan Society.

A Vegan activist gives out baking by a World Vegan Day street poster
Animal advocates acknowledge Vegan friendly businesses with baking and thank you cards
Vegan activists visit local butchers to give them the gift of tofu.
Vegans giving out soymilk alongside banana chocolate chip muffins on the street

By Year[edit]

Global lists of World Vegan Month (November) Events[edit]

2014 Veggies Catering Campaign compiles the Vegan Outreach Diary, listing events throughout the UK throughout the year.


2011 World Vegan Month Events - Site hosted by The Vegan Society (UK) - Alphabetically by continent

2010 The Vegan Society has a calendar over events related to veganism at The Vegan Society's Calendar.

By Location[edit]

Dublin, Ireland[edit]

Tokyo, Japan[edit]

Melbourne, Australia[edit]

Since 2003 World Vegan Day has been celebrated in Melbourne on the last Sunday of October.[4] The event was initiated by members of the vegan social group Vegans Unite, and is now organised by a committee affiliated with Vegetarian Victoria. Featured stalls include Lentil as Anything, Invita Living Foods, Animals Australia, Aduki Independent Press, Eco-shout Melbourne, Vegan Society of Australia, ALV, the Melbourne University Food Co-op, Lush Australia, eco store, and many more.

Adelaide, Australia[edit]

  • Vegan Festival in Adelaide celebrates World Vegan Day every year and takes place on Sunday in November. The first Vegan Festival was held on 4th Nov 2007. The event is possible because of many individual volunteers and members of various organisations. Kas Ward created Vegan Festival in Adelaide and is the Main Event Coordinator.

Invercargill, New Zealand[edit]

  • Invercargill Vegan Society in Invercargill New Zealand has celebrated World Vegan Day since 2011.[1] The world's southernmost Animal Rights group, for World Vegan Day 2012 they gave away tofu to butchers, placed posters around their city, gave away Vegan muffins downtown and had a group potluck dinner.[6] World Vegan Day 2013 celebrations included butchershop visits, vegan baking and soymilk giveaways downtown. Vegan activists were included on the CUE TV's news bulletin and gave a soft toy dog to an animal skin preserving factory. A potluck dinner event was held at the Invercargill Public Library as the sun set on World Vegan Day 2013 .[2]

Boston, Massachusetts, United States[edit]

Montevideo, Uruguay[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b INVERCARGILL VEGAN SOCIETY World Vegan Day 2011, Invercargill Vegan Society World Vegan Day 2011 memorial tree planting.
  2. ^ a b INVERCARGILL VEGAN SOCIETY World Vegan Day 2013, INVERCARGILL VEGAN SOCIETY World Vegan Day 2013.
  3. ^
  4. ^ World Vegan Day Australia (Melbourne) lists events from 2003 through 2011.
  5. ^ IVU article reference to M.A.D. FREE weekend
  6. ^ INVERCARGILL VEGAN SOCIETY World Vegan Day 2012 World Vegan Day 2012

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