On November 1st, the plant-based community celebrates World Vegan Day 2017 and invites non-vegans to explore the benefits of the lifestyle.
Vegans around the world come together to celebrate with street fairs, potlucks, tree planting, workshops, seminars and more! Many restaurants also join in by offering special menus or freebies.
World Vegan Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, an English musician who was also the President and Chair of The Vegan Society.
“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,” said Wallis in 2011.
The party doesn’t stop after the 1st. All of November is World Vegan Month, which “is celebrated around the world as a time to recognize how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle can be and to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas,” according to The Vegan Society’s website.