Well we’re here. Welcome to Veganpalooza, the one month of the year that conscious vegans wait for. Today is World Vegan Day, kicking off the 30 straight days of World Vegan Month.
Why November 1st?
Why November, and the first day of the month? Regarding the month, if you could pick one of the twelve, which would you choose to celebrate and honor our meet-free friends? November after all seems a strange choice considering the dominant holiday of the month is centered around a meal featuring a big bird or swine.
Considering the day, Nov. 1, we suspected that it had something to do with Halloween, considering the poor eating habits associated with the quasi-holiday. That’s involved with the reason, but it’s not the reason. Said Louise Wallis, a former president and chair of The Vegan Society of the United Kingdom, who helped choose the date for World Vegan Day: “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.”
World Vegan Day was instituted in 1994 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Vegan Society. In 2014 it was solidified to honor the 70th anniversary of the terms “vegan” and “veganism.” Today, the Society has introduced its own new term: “v-curious,” as in, curious about veganism or trying vegan. They urge folks to try a 30-Day Vegan Pledge, to at least try the healthy eating diet and see how it makes you look and feel.
For the day, vegans all over Earth join forces to celebrate animal rights, hosting events, planting memorial trees and more. The commemorative month is geared toward educating people about the vegan diet and vegan lifestyles, and to nudge individuals to try it, at least for a month. The thrust is to eat healthy, live healthier, and stop cruelty to animals in the process. Anyone in? If so, give it a shot, and please report back on how it went!
Here’s a list of some amazing cookbooks that I relied heavily on when I first made the transition to a vegan diet:
Oh She Glows
Chocolate Covered Katie