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World Vegan Day

Celebrated every year on November 1, World Vegan Day raises awareness about animal rights and advocates the widespread adoption of a vegan lifestyle. The day was created in 1994 by British animal rights activist, Louise Wallis, as a way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom.

Family cooking a vegetarian meal.
Family cooking a vegetarian meal.
Veganism is a lifestyle that depends primarily on a plant-based diet.
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Compassion Towards Animals

Adherents of veganism refrain from using anything that may have been made from animals, such as meat, eggs, milk, and honey. Strict vegans may also avoid products that use animal labor, including those that are tested on animals. Visiting zoos and aquariums or supporting activities such as animal racing or fighting is also frowned upon by vegans.

According to vegans, non-violence and compassion towards all of nature's creatures lie at the heart of the vegan philosophy. To them, activities that involve the use of animals as food, as labor, or as entertainment are exploitative and cruel and should be eschewed. For vegans, veganism is as much an issue of ethics as it is of health.

Plant-Based Diet

Because vegans do not eat animal products, their diet is solely plant-based. This makes the vegan diet high in fiber and low in cholesterol. Because of this, proponents of veganism suggest that adopting a vegan diet can have many health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Due to low levels of Vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin D in plant-based foods, nutritionists, and medical professionals recommend that vegans add supplements to their diets.

Vegans are allowed lifesaving medicines, even if they include animal products.

What Happens on World Vegan Day?

World Vegan Day is not an official holiday so, businesses, schools, and government offices are open. Vegan groups and practitioners of veganism organize educational drives and workshops to bring attention to the importance of animal rights and kindness towards our fellow creatures on Earth. Many restaurants and cafés provide special menus for their vegan customers and they may even give discounts to celebrate World Vegan Day.

World Vegan Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonNov 12010World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
TueNov 12011World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
ThuNov 12012World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
FriNov 12013World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
SatNov 12014World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
SunNov 12015World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
TueNov 12016World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
WedNov 12017World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
ThuNov 12018World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
FriNov 12019World Vegan DayWorldwide observance
SunNov 12020World Vegan DayWorldwide observance

Quick Facts

World Vegan Day is an annual observation that brings together vegans around the world to bring attention to animal rights and to spread the word about the health advantages of following a vegan diet.

World Vegan Day 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

World Vegan Day 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
World Vegan DayEnglish
Día Internacional del VeganismoSpanish
יום טבעוני עולםHebrew
اليوم نباتي العالمArabic
세계 비건 일Korean
Verdensdag for veganereNorwegian
WeltvegantagGerman

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