Every year on October 1, the world community celebrates World Vegetarian Day, established by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) in 1977 and supported by the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) a year later.
This annual celebration aims to raise awareness among the general public about the health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, as well as from an ethical standpoint, and aims to promote various aspects of vegetarianism.
Vegetarianism (English vegetarian, from the late Latin vegetabilis - vegetable) is a food system that excludes animal products from food. Like all traditions, it has its own, moreover, a long history. It is believed that vegetarianism originated in Asian countries in ancient times, and it was originally based on the religious traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism. In Europe, vegetarianism appeared only at the beginning of the 19th century, and specifically in England, where the Buddhist teachings, which the colonialists met in India, contributed to the wide spread of this "hobby". By the way, the first society of the same name was founded in England (in 1847), and today it is the country where the largest number of supporters of a vegetarian diet live (about 6% of the total population). It should also be noted that the economic crisis in Europe also contributed to the development of this doctrine, which then led to a rise in the price of a significant part of food.