World Vegan Day is coming up on the 1st of November! It’s about making everyone welcome to join the celebration of compassionate living. Encourage the vegan-curious to take the next step towards a vegan lifestyle, it’s the perfect time! World Vegan Day (WVD) also helps challenge vegan stereotypes. It marks the start of World Vegan Month. The month is a time for debate, conversations and education. But most of all, it is a time for positivity and vegan feasts!
If you’re looking for business ideas, it’s easy to find good advice on how to get business involved in World Vegan Day. So, we’re not talking about business. We’re talking about your personal celebrations.
You may have fun WVD plans already in your mind, but if you are looking for ideas, you have found the ultimate place for inspiration. Be sure to comment and let us know how you’ll be celebrating!
1. Organise a vegan themed lunch at work
Many work places around the globe will be marking World Vegan Day by holding a celebratory vegan lunch on November 1st. If your workplace doesn’t have a plan to mark the occasion, why not offer to organise it? Vegan work lunches are a great way to introduce other people to the deliciousness and accessibility of vegan food. You could even make it really festive by decorating your place of work with environmental or animal themed decorations as symbols of how beneficial veganism is for the animals and for our planet. Make sure you share your celebrations on your socials with the official hashtags #WorldVeganMonth and #WorldVeganDay so Ireland is represented! We would love to see what you get up to!
2. Host a World Vegan Month movie night
Movies can be a great resource for helping people make the connections between vegan choices, health, environmental protection and compassion for animals. If you’re looking for a light-hearted movie, you could try Carnage by Simon Amstell. For an insipiring one that gym junkies will love, consider The Game Changers. The Vegan Society recommends emotional films like Okja too. It might be worth having The Vegan Society’s list of vegan resources ready in case your guests are inspired to take action.
3. Invite non-vegan friends to a tasting session
Although vegan food in Ireland is leading global vegan gourmet trends, there are still some negative perceptions about it in the general population. These unfounded negative perceptions are one of the biggest barriers for many people when considering veganism. Some people are still unaware of just how incredible the vegan fare has become in recent years! Also, they might not know how many of their current favourite foods are already ‘accidently vegan’. You could put together platters with a selection of your favourite vegan junk food, healthy dishes and even a selection of vegan cheeses and mock meat products. Show your friends that they don’t have to miss a thing!
4. Challenge yourself or friends to take the Vegan Pledge
Are you vegan-curious or know somebody else who is? If so, you will not find a better time to take the plunge and try going vegan than during World Vegan Month! November is a popular time for The Vegan Society’s 30-day pledge, so you will certainly be in good company. You’ll also be able to reach out to others for support and advice. Registering for The Pledge will give you daily messages offering advice and tips direct to your inbox. It is a completely free resource developed by The Vegan Society to support you in your daily journey. Join in the fun!
5. Make a donation to your favourite animal or vegan charity
“Animals are here with us, not for us.”Anonymous
Sometimes mainstream media can ignore the true meaning of veganism,. Instead, they focus on its growing popularity in Ireland and its health benefits. World Vegan Month is the perfect chance to remind ourselves and others about the compassion of ‘vegan’ ethics and exactly what veganism stands for. What better way to celebrate these ideas of kindess and compassion than by donating to a local animal sanctuary or vegan charity here in Ireland? If you are unable to affort to give a financial contribution, you could always give your time instead by volunteering to lend a hand or helping them with their fundraising efforts!
6. Stock up on vegan goodies and treat yourself to delicious vegan meals
One of the awesome things about World Vegan Month is that lots of vegan-friendly takeaways, retailers, and online stores will be offering customers fantastic discounts to mark the occasion. Yes, it’s great to save some money, but if you support your favourite vegan-friendly business you’ll help them keep going after what’s been a very hard year! You are voting with your money on how you think businesses should operate every time you choose to buy vegan. Take a look for some Irish-made vegan inspiration on our site.
7. Help out in vegan outreach
You’ll find that it can be a very fulfilling experience to educate someone about veganism in a non-judgmental and considerate way, especially if your words then go on to inspire them to make a change. From organising group public displays to smaller one-on-one style conversations, outreach can take a variety of forms. You could also get creative. Could you convince your local takeaway to veganise some of their meals? Plan your outreach with empathy. Think about what helped you make the decision to go vegan or what is making you consider it. How could you replicate this with someone else?
8. Get political
“A mind of the calibre of mine can not derive its nutriment from cows.”George Bernard Shaw
World Vegan Month and Veganuary are the biggest times of the year when the awesome ongoing growth in veganism accelerates up another notch. You’ll probably be inspired by the growth of the movement, which will likely spur you on to want to do more. You can make a real difference by helping to support local campaigns. Write to your local politicians and ask them to get behind vegan issues!
9. Bake a vegan cake
Nothing says celebration quite like a cake and with so many delicious vegan recipes out there, there really is no need for the addition of eggs or dairy. A scrumptious vegan cake could take pride of place in your vegan work lunch. Why not try out this recipe for our Celebration fruit crown, a recipe developed especially for World Vegan Month.
10. Become a member
The Vegan Society was formed all the way back in 1944. Since that time, the society and veganism in general has grown at an astonishing rate. World Vegan Month was started in order to recognise and celebrate this progression, so there really is no better time to join the voice of veganism!
Be sure to share your #WorldVeganMonth celebrations on the Facebook page.