The vegan way of life is increasingly establishing itself in our society as a way of life that can be practiced not only easily, but above all without the need to cause animal suffering for one’s own food and clothing. Even in rural areas, the range of vegan products available in supermarkets is growing so that the fact that veganism is on the advance in our society can no longer be denied. Also the number of hotels and restaurants that focus on animal-free food has increased enormously in recent years. Long ago the fear of many Veganer, the purely vegetable nutrition is only a temporary, social trend, the conviction gave way that the Veganismus with its contribution for animal and environmental protection finds ever more trailer – and this world-wide.
Numerous vegan living humans would like to have model function with their conscious life attitude and – guidance and Omnivoren as well as vegetarians the way into a peaceable and pollution free future to point. This possibility is offered once a year officially on the so-called World Vegan Day, which is celebrated on November 1st.
The history of World Vegan Day
World Vegan Day originated in England in 1994, when vegan animal rights activist Louise Wallis was looking for a suitable setting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society. As President of the Vegan Society, her aim was not only to emphasise the continued existence of a vegan association, but also to draw attention to the fact that the word ‘vegan’ had found its way into the English language.
Wallis set November 1 as the date, as it falls exactly between October 31, which is Halloween, and the Mexican Day of the Dead, which falls on November 2. Since November 1, 1994, World Vegan Day has thus provided a welcome occasion for vegans in all parts of the world to celebrate and further promote veganism with all its positive aspects.
A ‘day of action’ with a higher sense
The World Vegan Day is not only about exchanging ideas with like-minded people and to honour Veganism. In the foreground on this day above all the clearing-up work is located: Humans, who do not have so far yet or only little entrance to the veganen way of life, are to be brought by information material or leaflets to the thinking and reorientation. The active dialogue with omnivores or vegetarians regarding their consumer behaviour and the advantages of a purely vegetable food plays an important role. Finally Veganer, which take part in the Weltvegantag actively, want to make attentive to the fact that each individual can make its contribution for animal and environmental protection and change thus much – completely after the slogan Gandhis: “Be you yourself the change, which you wish yourselves for this world.
Celebrate on a large scale as well as on a small scale
On 1 November, numerous events organised by vegan associations take place in major German cities such as Berlin, Cologne or Hamburg. At different stands you have the possibility to inform yourself or to try delicious vegan food and drinks.
As a vegan you do not have to belong to a club or organization to celebrate World Vegan Day. You can also do this within your circle of friends and acquaintances or with work colleagues by serving up something tasty and thereby bringing others to the taste of vegan food. With self-printed flyers from vegan websites you can also provide important information material.
So it doesn’t matter whether you celebrate World Vegan Day on a large or small scale, on November 1st the future perspective of a vegan society should find room in the heads and hearts of people, and this in the awareness that on this day you are closely connected with vegans from all parts of the world.