Every November we celebrate World Vegan Day and World Vegan Month, as well as the formation of The Vegan Society
World Vegan Month is celebrated around the world as a time to recognise 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.
The history of World Vegan Month
The Vegan Society first began as an offshoot of The Vegetarian Society in November 1944, when Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and friends felt the important need to distinguish the difference between not eating meat, and not eating any products from animals. We began celebrating the founding of The Vegan Society in 1994 and every year since, November 1st has been marked as World Vegan Day, with its significance growing to be internationally recognised.
In a natural progression, World Vegan Day evolved into World Vegan Week and now, what we celebrate as World Vegan Month; where vegans and veganism is celebrated in workplaces, shops, restaurants and in homes all over the world.
How you can celebrate
People around the world choose to mark World Vegan Month in an array of different ways. You could host a vegan lunch at work or a vegan dinner party with friends; commit to taking part in vegan outreach in your local community; share your favourite vegan recipes on social media or even challenge your friends, family or work colleagues to go vegan for 30 days by taking our Vegan Pledge.
However you choose to mark World Vegan Month, be sure to share it far and wide using the #WorldVeganMonth and #WorldVeganDay hashtags on social media and tag us on Facebook and Twitter using the handle @TheVeganSociety, we would love to see what you get up to!
If you are planning an event and would like to use the official World Vegan Month logo, it can be downloaded here.
For more ideas on how to mark World Vegan Day head over to our blog post.
World Vegan Month 2017
In 2017, we will be commemorating World Vegan Month with the beta launch of a brand new app called VNutrition, which has been developed by our in-house dietitian, Heather Russell, and will focus on helping vegans hit their nutritional goals.
We will also be launching our Vegan on the Go campaign which will encourage retailers to provide vegans with more on-the-go type lunch options, firmly establishing veganism as part of mainstream culture.
Thinking about going vegan?
If you have been considering going vegan, World Vegan Day is the perfect time to take the plunge. The early days can be the most challenging, that’s why we created the Vegan Pledge to help you every step of the way in those important first 30 days. Sign up for free to The Pledge to receive daily updates directly to your inbox to help you stay motivated. We’ll help you tackle the most common challenges new vegans face.
World Vegan Month is a time to celebrate the rapid growth in vegan friendly products, that’s why we have partnered with some fantastic organisations who are offering you chance to win everything from vegan chocolates to vegan pizza! Here’s all you need to know to be in with a chance of winning.
Throughout November there will be a number of celebratory events taking place. Here is where you will find any upcoming World Vegan Month events.
If you are planning to host your own World Vegan Month event and you would like to be featured please email web[at]vegansociety[dot]com.
Celebrate with these vegan dishes
In order to commemorate World Vegan Month, we have commissioned a range of delicious celebratory recipes with an international theme, perfect for sharing with friends as part of a World Vegan Month party! We're also featuring recipes from some excellent vegan bloggers. If you give any of them a go, be sure to snap the results and share them on social media using the hashtags #WorldVeganDay #WorldVeganMonth.