1 October: World Vegetarian Day
World Vegetarian Day was observed on 1 October 2015. The day was established as an annual celebration 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.
The day was originated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.
World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, 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.
Several additional days of vegetarian significance are included in Vegetarian Awareness Month:
• September 27 – Hug a Vegan/Vegetarian Day
• October 1 – World Vegetarian Day
• October 2 – World Farm Animals Day (WFAD) or World Day for Farm(ed) Animals, birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
• October 4 – The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
• October 4 – Hug a Non-Meat Eater Day
• October 1–7 – International Vegetarian Week - in several nations across the planet (but especially in Europe), many public educational and celebratory events are organized to promote the vegetarian lifestyle.
• October 16 – United Nations World Food Day often a time of global reckoning with issues of human food security. It is the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
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