World Vegetarian Day occurs annually on October 1st and is the kick off to Vegetarian Awareness Month. This day was founded in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society, or NAVS, to promote awareness, encourage those who would like to try a vegetarian lifestyle, and get everyone to add more vegetables and fruits to their diet.
This year I plan to celebrate World Vegetarian Day by pledging to eat vegetarian for one day only. My menu will consist of having one egg at breakfast, watermelon feta salad at lunch, and ordering a meat free option at the restaurant of my choice in the evening.
If you would like to participate in World Vegetarian Day or Vegetarian Awareness month, feel free to pledge to do so in the comments section at the bottom of this page. If you are a vegetarian or have friends and family who participate in this choice of diet, you can visit the official website for Vegetarian Awareness Month. On the website, you can make a donation, order pamphlets to spread the word, come up with vegetarian menu options, or have a free poster sent to your door! (Free posters apply to U.S. mailing addresses only.)
There are many options available to you to help spread awareness:
-Eat vegetarian on October 1st, or pledge to eat vegetarian for an entire month
-Learn more about vegetarianism and encourage others to do so as well
-Order a vegetarian meal when out with friends
-Have a Vegetarian Awareness party
-Promote Vegetarian Awareness Month throughout October by wearing a t-shirt, displaying a poster, or asking another person to display a poster.
If you are interested in joining the North American Vegetarian Society, their website signup page is here. The annual signup fee for individuals is $22 and families can join for $28. Members will receive the Vegetarian Voice magazine. Or if you are interested but do not wish to join, you can simply make a donation. NAVS sells t-shirts, tote bags, and books to promote education about vegetarianism.