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World Vegetarian Day
Official nameWorld Vegetarian Day
Observed byVegetarians across the planet
SignificanceFirst day of Vegetarian Awareness Month (month of October)
CelebrationsLocal, regional, and national groups organize events to promote the desirability and benefits of vegetarian practices.
DateOctober 1
Next time1 October 2023 (2023-10-01)
Related toVegetarian Awareness Month,[1] World Farm Animals Day,[2] International Vegetarian Week (IVW),[3] International Vegan Day also known as World Vegan Day, International Vegetarian Day[citation needed]

World Vegetarian Day is observed annually around the planet on October 1. It is a day of celebration established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, "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.[4][5] 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.[6][7] Vegetarian Awareness Month has been known variously as "Reverence for Life" month, "Month of Vegetarian Food", and more.[8]

Additional days

Several additional days of vegetarian significance are included in or on the edge of Vegetarian Awareness Month:[9]

Additional Global Vegetarian Days

International Vegetarian Days

Meatless Monday is part of the Healthy Monday initiative.[43] Healthy Monday encourages Americans to make healthier decisions at the start of every week. Other Healthy Monday campaigns include: Do The Monday 2000, Quit and Stay Quit Monday, Move it Monday, Monday Mile and others.


Various graphic and artistic representations are used; there is no one logo to represent World Vegetarian Day. Some of the other dates within Vegetarian Awareness Month have their own logos, or a series of logo representations, if they are sponsored in part or totally by identifiable organizations.[44]

Chinese society vegetarian days

See also: Vegetarianism and religion

There is a common practice for some Chinese people to be vegetarian twice a lunar month - the first day and the 15th day of each lunar month. (初一)﹑(十五). The 15th day of each lunar month is the day/night with full moon. Local vegetarian restaurants are particularly busy on those 2 days. The origin of such practice is related to religious beliefs.[citation needed]

Nine Emperor Gods Festival

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival, also known as the Vegetarian Festival, is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, celebrated primarily in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand by the Peranakans (not the entire Overseas Chinese community). The ninth lunar month occurs around World Vegetarian Day.[45]

See also


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