The origin of World Vegan Day
Every November 1st, vegans around the world celebrate World Vegan Day; it was first established in 1994 by Louise Wallis the chair of the Vegan Society (U.K.) at the time in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the organization and the coining of the terms “vegan” and “veganism” by the original founding members back in November of 1944.
What it Means to us
For us at Vegan Rhapsody, this day holds special meaning and as such is quite significant. After transitioning last December from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet and becoming full vegans early January 2017 it is the first year we actually take notice of this important day. It is an opportunity for us the reflect on why we decided to become vegan in the first place and think about what kind of impact our little family of four wants to have on this world and all its inhabitants.
Better Custodians of Planet Earth
When we first decided to take the plunge towards veganism it was out of a deep rooted desire to become better custodians of planet earth and all who share it with us. We strongly believe humans have a responsibility towards the welfare of all animals and nature and that we must take the necessary steps to protect them. We strive to educate ourselves, our children and others and share knowledge “en route” towards our goals; mainly, we wish to eliminate animal suffering caused by humans, seek and re-establish the balance between nature and humanity and reclaim responsibility for our health. Three main goals that can only be achieved by ending the vicious cycle of death and torture that springs from the erroneous belief that humans are somehow better or more important than other sentient beings.
Looking towards the future
Vegan Rhapsody sprung into existence as a way for us to touch people’s lives beyond social media. A way to communicate and share our love of veganism through vegan cooking/baking and discussing social and vegan issues with our peers. We welcome all who are interested in veganism and wish to make a difference. As always, we rely on the vegan community for knowledge and support as we know it’s this social connection, determination and conviction that will drive the movement to new heights.
As I look at the excitement in my children’s eyes when we talk about veganism, I can’t help but feel hopeful that the next generation may be the one responsible for taking humanity on the path it was always meant to be on.
Happy World Vegan Day to All