World Vegetarian Day

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World Vegetarian Day
Official name World Vegetarian Day
Observed by Vegetarians across the planet
Significance First day of Vegetarian Awareness Month (month of October)
Celebrations Local, regional, and national groups organize events to promote the desirability and benefits of vegetarian practices.
Begins October 1
Ends October 1
Date October 1
Next time 1 October 2017 (2017-10)
Frequency annual
Related to Vegetarian Awareness Month,[1] World Farm Animals Day,[2] International Vegetarian Week (IVW),[3] International Vegan Day aka World Vegan Day, International Vegetarian Day[citation needed]

World Vegetarian Day is observed annually around the planet on October 1. It is a day of celebration established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, "To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism." It brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.[4]

World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month,[5][6] which ends with November 1, World Vegan Day, as the end of that month of celebration. Vegetarian Awareness Month has been known variously as "Reverence for Life" month, "Month of Vegetarian Food", and more.[citation needed]

Additional days[edit]

Several additional days of vegetarian significance are included in Vegetarian Awareness Month:[7]

Additional Global 'Vegetarian Days'[edit]

  • March 20 – Great American Meatout[24] – developed and sponsored every year by FARM, aka Farm Animal Rights Movement [25]
  • World Meat Free Day (June 13, 2016) is sponsored by a gathering of like-minded organisations - Eating Better Alliance, Compassion in World Farming, Friends of the Earth, and a few more - who want to spread the messaging regarding the impact meat consumption can have on sustainability and health.[26]
  • The last Friday of September- International 'Hug a Vegetarian' Day [27]
  • October 4 – Hug a Non-Meat Eater Day
  • November 1 – International Vegan Day aka World Vegan Day – a vegan holiday celebrated since 1994 on November 1 – the anniversary of the creation of The Vegan Society
  • November 25 – International Vegetarian Day[28] aka SAK Meatless Day[29] – the birthday of Sadhu T. L. Vaswani[30] (largely celebrated in India and throughout the Asian Pacific Rim nations, but known in Western nations among many vegetarians of Indian and Southeast Asian descent)

International 'Vegetarian Days'[edit]

  • Meatless Monday – Every Week, go totally meatless on Monday – an international campaign that encourages people to cut out (not eat) meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. Reducing meat consumption by 15% (the equivalent of one day a week) lessens the risk of chronic preventable illness and has a strong positive impact on the environment (strongly reduces ecological damages from the activities involved with meat production and transport or distribution). Meatless Monday offers weekly meat-free recipes, articles, tips and news.[31] Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns Inc.[32] in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program follows the nutrition guidelines developed by the USDA.[33]

Meatless Monday is part of the Healthy Monday initiative.[citation needed] Healthy Monday encourages Americans to make healthier decisions at the start of every week. Other Healthy Monday campaigns include: Do The Monday 2000, Quit and Stay Quit Monday, Move it Monday, Monday Mile and others.

Graphics[edit]

Various graphic and artistic representations are used; there is no one logo to represent World Vegetarian Day. Some of the other dates within Vegetarian Awareness Month have their own logos, or a series of logo representations, if they are sponsored in part or totally by identifiable organizations.[34]

Chinese society vegetarian days[edit]

There is a common practice for some Chinese people to be vegetarian twice a lunar month. The first day and the 15th day of each lunar month. (初一)﹑(十五). The 15th day of each lunar month is the day/night with full moon.

Local vegetarian restaurants are particularly busy on those 2 days.

The origin of such practice is related to religious beliefs.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vegetarian Awareness Month, Huffington Post, accessed June 26, 2016
  2. ^ "home". wfad.org. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b International Vegetarian Week
  4. ^ Join the Celebration - October 1 - World Vegetarian Day, WVD page of the NAVS homesite, accessed June 26, 2016
  5. ^ Vegetarian Awareness Month, Huffington Post, accessed June 26, 2016
  6. ^ Hultin, G. Why Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month? Food & Nutrition (blog), 10/07/2014
  7. ^ About NAVS, discusses how NAVS sponsors for IVU in North America the annual World Vegetarian Day, which opens Vegetarian Awareness Month (October)
  8. ^ Hug a Vegan/Vegetarian Day, 9/25/2015, Rutgers Veg Society, accessed June 26, 2016
  9. ^ Kaplan, M.D. World Vegetarian Day 2015: Recipes And Tips For Making Most Of Meatless Celebration, International Business Times, 09/30/2015, 5:44 PM
  10. ^ 01 October 2016 - World Vegetarian Day, IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action)
  11. ^ Manzelli, A. Happy World Vegetarian Day (poll), Global Animal, October 1, 2012
  12. ^ About NAVS, discusses how NAVS sponsors World Vegetarian Day for IVU in North America
  13. ^ "home". wfad.org. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.dayforanimals.org/
  15. ^ October 4, St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), Saint of the Day, St. Francis, AmericanCatholic.org
  16. ^ Myers, J. World Vegetarian Day
  17. ^ Josh, J. Current Affairs, October 2015, p. 413 eBook
  18. ^ White, H.S. Jewish Prayer Service World Week of Prayer for Animals. Between the Species. Fall 1989, page 214, accessed June 26, 2016. At that writing, Rabbi Harold S. White was INRA's President
  19. ^ Murti, V. For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action - Book Review
  20. ^ INRA means International Network for Religion and Animals, AllAcronyms.com, accessed June 26, 2016
  21. ^ [Lee, M.G. Religion and Vegetarianism: Are Christians Vegetarians? IVU News, Religion & Vegetarianism, republished from IVU Newsletter, February/March 1996]
  22. ^ Murti, V. For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action - Book Review
  23. ^ Joseph, C. World Vegan Day. Veganlogy. April 29, 2011, accessed June 26, 2016
  24. ^ "Meatout - Home". Why Eat Vegan for a Day on March 20th?. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Farm Animal Rights Movement". farmusa.org. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ "'Hug a Vegan' Day 2014 - peta2.com". peta2.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  28. ^ "全国珍味調査". meatlessday.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  29. ^ http://www.sakmeatlessday.com/
  30. ^ "Sadhu Vaswani Mission, India - The Official Website". sadhuvaswani.org. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  31. ^ http://www.meatlessmonday.com MeatlessMonday.com
  32. ^ The Monday Campaigns: The day all health breaks loose
  33. ^ http://www.mypyramid.gov/
  34. ^ ""World Vegetarian Day" logo - Google Search". google.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

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