Happy World Vegetarian Day!

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Ok, ok, we know there's everything from the National Day of Unplugging to National Chocolate Milkshake Day, so the list of lesser-known holidays can seem a little silly sometimes. But these days can also be fun, so let's take a moment to celebrate World Vegetarian Day.

World Vegetarian Day was started by the North America Vegetarian Society in 1977 "as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism." A year later, the October 1 celebration was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union.

According to the official website:

"World Vegetarian Day, October 1, is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. Make a difference this October by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism. You will be helping to create a better world because vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth."

The day also marks the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month, which lasts throughout the month of October. So, if you've been considering trying out a 30-day vegetarian or vegan challenge, this could be a particularly fitting day to start.
If you're wondering how to celebrate, the easiest thing is to just not eat any meat. If you're feeling more ambitious, there's vegan chocolate cupcakes with strawberry filling.

Happy World Vegetarian Day!
October 1 marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month.