World Vegetarian Day: Date, History, Activites, Facts & Recipes

July 14, 2022 5 min read

Did you know that about 10% of the world's population is vegetarian, and that India has the world's lowest per capita meat consumption? We celebrate the advantages of being a vegetarian and admit that a meatless diet can be delicious. It's World Vegetarian Day, so break out the carrot sticks, tofu, cheese pizza, veggie burgers, and other meat-free treats!

1. What is the Date of World Vegetarian Day? 

Every year on October 1, the world celebrates World Vegetarian Day. It is a day of celebration established in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society and endorsed in 1978 by the International Vegetarian Union to "promote the joy, compassion, and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism." It raises awareness of the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian advantages of a vegetarian diet.

2. World Vegetarian Day History

The North American Vegetarian Society founded and established World Vegetarian Day in 1977. (NAVS). The International Vegetarian Union recognized and endorsed the day again in 1978. Furthermore, NAVS was established in 1974 as a non-profit tax-exempt educational organization based in the United States.

According to NAVS, the 1st of October was chosen as the official date of World Vegetarian Day in order to raise awareness about the ethical, health, environmental, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

3. World Vegetarian Day Activities

- Bring vegetarian food to share with coworkers at your workplace. Wear informative vegetarian message T-shirts throughout the month - Post World Vegetarian Day / Vegetarian Awareness Month posters in libraries, supermarkets, co-ops, health food stores, churches, art centers, and other appropriate public places

- Host a dinner party for friends and family.

- Request that libraries (public, college, high school, etc.) set up a display of vegetarian titles.

- Encourage restaurants, co-ops, and health food stores to promote and support vegetarian options, including in promotional flyers.

- Invite friends to a screening of vegetarian and related documentaries or films, and/or arrange for them to be shown on public access television.

- Advertise in newspapers and other local publications; - Host a potluck, picnic, or meal at a restaurant; - Write a letter to the editor announcing these events and explaining how vegetarianism has benefited you

- Request that bookstores display vegetarian cookbooks and offer special discounts throughout the month. - Deliver an educational presentation to any group with which you are affiliated. - Request that your city mayor or town supervisor sign a World Vegetarian Day proclamation (Contact us for a sample)

- Bring a vegetarian lunch to local officials (preferably with media coverage) or radio talk show hosts.

- Provide a meatless meal to local homeless shelters - Distribute leaflets at fairs, malls, and other public events

4. World Vegetarian Day Facts

India is home to the majority of the world's vegetarians

Vegetarianism is most closely associated with Ancient India, where it is rooted in its culture and religion. Even today, India is home to more than 70% of the world's vegetarians. India is also the world's least meat-consuming country.

Being a vegetarian lowers your risk of heart disease and cancer

Vegetarianism is frequently regarded as a healthier diet option for humans. Vegetarians have lower blood pressure, fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, and are less likely to have osteoporosis, in addition to lowering your risk of heart disease and cancer.

More food can be grown on an acre of land for vegetarians than for meat eaters

Vegetarians make better use of land, and going meatless significantly reduces one's dietary carbon footprint. An acre of land can produce up to ten times the amount of plant proteins as meat raised in the same area.

According to research, a child's IQ can help predict whether or not he or she will become a vegetarian

According to British research, a child's IQ can help predict how likely he or she is to become a vegetarian in their lifetime. The more intelligent the child, the more likely they will become a vegetarian as an adult.

Only 5% of the population in the United States is vegetarian

Approximately 16 million Americans consider themselves vegetarian, accounting for nearly 5% of the total population. 7.5 million of those 16 million are vegans, avoiding all animal products.

Vegetarians may have a better reproductive chance.

Red meat has been linked to decreased sex drive as well as lower blood flow, so vegetarians may have more "productive sex." These two issues frequently result in erectile dysfunction. It has also been reported that vegetarians may have better sperm quality than meat eaters.

Our saliva is not designed to digest animal flesh

We may not have been designed to eat meat because our alkaline saliva is not designed to break down animal flesh. Carnivores, on the other hand, have acid saliva that is designed to break down animal flesh.

5. Recipes for World Vegetarian Day

Salad with Seeded Goat's Cheese and Sweet Potatoes

This hearty salad is a favorite of the Veggie HQ team during the cooler months.

Salad of Roasted Vegetables and Halloumi

Beetroot and carrots add texture and color to this hearty salad, which is topped with grilled halloumi and quinoa.

Macaroni with Leek and Smoked Cheese

This comforting and hearty twist on a classic mac 'n' cheese is an energizing winter dinner. Serve with a simple side salad or plenty of wilted greens.

California Baklava with walnuts, spinach, and feta. Baklava is typically a sweet treat, but this recipe demonstrates that the versatile dish can also be savory! Whether you're planning a family lunch or a dinner party, it'll be the star of the show.

Calzone with Mushroom Pesto and Artichoke

This delectable dish, made with rich black olives, broccoli, fennel, and Pilgrims Choice Mature Cheddar, is ideal for entertaining family and friends. Tomato and Turmeric Curry by Kimberly Wyatt. This delicious veggie curry is made with Quorn pieces and is ideal for chilly winter nights or an Indian-themed dinner party. Poached Eggs with Tomato and Pepper. This spicy one-pan dish is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Spring Rolls Baked

One of my all-time favorite snacks is spring rolls. They tick all the boxes—they're usually packed with veggies, so you don't feel bad about eating them, and they're great for dipping into delicious sauces! Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish to your next great stir-fry. Curry Soup with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes This recipe is inspired by a dish I had last year at an African restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It will stay with you for days (in a good way). The soup is hearty and creamy, thanks to a variety of spices and coconut milk. Overall, it'll be one of your favorite things this fall.

Tzatziki Dipping Sauce for Spanakopita

Spanakopita, also known as Greek Spinach Pie, is a savory pastry made with spinach (duh), feta, onions, herbs, and eggs. My recipe also includes a generous amount of ricotta cheese to make it extra creamy. Bring these crispy little triangles to your next event and you'll be the belle of the ball.

Vinaigrette with Horseradish

Which salad dressing is your favorite? When I'm at the grocery store, I usually pick up a light balsamic vinaigrette. If I'm going out to eat, I'd be hard pressed to pass up a tangy honey mustard. If I'm making a salad at home, you can bet I'm going to make this simple six-ingredient (not including salt and pepper) horseradish vinaigrette to go with it.

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