When you’re vegan, every day is your very own World Vegan Day, considering you probably eat — and make decisions otherwise affecting animals — multiple times a day. But there’s only one day that marks World Vegan Day for everyone around the world — and kicks off World Vegan Month.
To learn about the holiday, when it is, and how to celebrate World Vegan Day 2022, keep reading.
When is World Vegan Day and World Vegan Month 2022?
Every year, World Vegan Day is observed worldwide on the first day of November — meaning that this year, the celebration falls on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The holiday kicks off World Vegan Month and encourages people, companies, and policy makers to learn more about the vegan lifestyle.
The Vegan Society claims to have coined the term “vegan” in 1944. Then, 50 years later, on Nov. 1, 1994, the organization held the first World Vegan Day, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World Vegan Society’s founding. Soon, the holiday evolved into World Vegan Week and later, World Vegan Month.
The Vegan Society describes World Vegan Month as “a time to shine a light on the vegan movement,” while Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) calls it “a month of compassion and understanding of veganism.”
How to celebrate World Vegan Day and Month 2022:
For World Vegan Month 2022, the Vegan Society is promoting Future Normal, the society’s animal rights campaign that encourages non animal lovers who are not yet vegan to make the connection between the farmed animals on their plates and the companion animals they care for, hopefully inspiring them to stop eating animal products.
Future Normal shares facts, articles, videos, and more that “show that all animals are worthy of our love and respect, regardless of their species.” Consider following the campaign’s social media accounts, and sharing its posts on your page.
If you are not yet vegan, consider taking a pledge and trying to go vegan for the month of November. You can sign up for free support via Veganuary (yes, even if it isn’t January), Challenge 22, or Vegan Bootcamp. Make sure to spend some time experimenting in the kitchen with vegan cookbooks — and treat yourself to a tasty plant-based meal at a restaurant.
Even Oscar Mayer is celebrating World Vegan Day this year — the meat company is running a campaign called "BacOff," in which Oscar Mayer will remove or blurring all images of bacon from website, ads, and social media on Nov. 1, as reported by Crain's Chicago Business.
Oscar Mayer will then choose a winner of the campaign based on their social media posts shared with certain hashtags — but the company will award the winner with a lifetime supply of Oscar Mayer bacon. Not sure how we feel about this one…
You can also take time during World Vegan Month to simply learn more about why people are vegan. For most, witnessing the suffering that farmed animals go through in the animal agriculture industry inspires them to want to take animal products off their plate; for others, learning about the severe environmental footprint of factory farming is what pushes them to take the leap.