World Vegan Day 2021: Date, History, Significance, and Key Facts
World Vegan Day 2021: The day encourages people to follow the vegan lifestyle. According to several prominent vegans, the vegan lifestyle benefits human health, protects the well-being of animals, and also helps in protecting the environment.
World Vegan Day: History
Donald Watson on 1 November 1944 called a meeting of 5 people to discuss the non-dairy vegetarian diets. They established a new movement known as the vegan lifestyle to focus and promote the lifestyle of vegans and their importance. Over the years, they clarified the definition of their vegan diet and it became a charity in 1979. Louise Wallis, the President of the Vegan Society, in 1994 promotes the vegan lifestyle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Vegan Society. Since then, World Vegan Day has been celebrated and promotes a worldwide vegan lifestyle.
Who are Vegans?
Nowadays, veganism is becoming popular. The vegan term was coined in 1944. Vegan people choose not to consume dairy products including eggs and other products of animal origin. Also, like vegetarians, they do not eat meat. It is said that the vegan term is chosen by combining the first and last letters of 'vegetarian'. In other words, we can say that veganism is a way of living life in which they exclude all forms of animal products; avoid exploitation of animals and cruelty whether it be for food, clothing, or for any other purpose.
Now, a question arises that how are vegans different from vegetarians?
We can say that vegans are more environmentalists than vegetarians.
Vegetarians do not eat eggs, meats, etc. while vegans avoid eating all dairy products and other animal products like eggs, gelatin and honey. You will be amazed to know that vegans, in fact, don't use soaps, clothes, or beauty products that consist of animal products.
So, we can say that living like a vegetarian is easy as they can consume some animal products that are an important source of nutrients, protein, vitamins, etc. But vegans usually don't eat them and have to find an alternative for it.
We can't ignore the fact that being a vegan, chances of developing diseases will reduce like heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of cancers, diabetes, etc.
World Vegan Day 2021: Celebration
People celebrate November month as a Vegan month. Invite people for vegan lunch or vegan dinner. Share favourite vegan recipes on social media and challenge friends, family members, or colleagues to go for a vegan diet for 30 days.
Small-scale carnivals, culinary festivals, and public gatherings are performed. The Vegan Society campaign "Live Vegan for Less" raises awareness about inexpensive vegan cuisine which is a fantastic concept.
So, now you may have come to know about World Vegan Day and about Vegan people and how they are different from vegetarians.