This holiday was first celebrated in 1994, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the (British) Vegan Society, with which it is so closely connected. In connection with All Souls' Day, which falls on the next day, it is also possible to consider this day as a reverent act. More frequent, however, are various celebrations and public tastings, which are clearly the most popular with the public :-)
Donald Watson, the founder of The Vegan Society in England in 1944, was the first person to use the word "vegan." In a recent interview, he discussed his views on veganism, his relationship with animals, and the roots of his ideas that have resonated with millions of people worldwide. Watson's childhood memories on his uncle's farm, where he witnessed the killing of a pig, shaped his perspective on animals and their treatment. Becoming a vegetarian at the age of 14 and a vegan at 34, Watson believed that humans should not try to fit into the role of carnivores, as it goes against their nature and the rights of animals. He also discussed the challenges of being a vegan in a society that revolves around food and the importance of veganism in having a clear conscience. Watson acknowledged the value of direct action in animal rights activism but also recognized the complexity of the issue. He emphasized that vegetarianism is a stepping stone towards veganism and that the ultimate goal is to live compassionately and considerately towards all beings. Watson's greatest achievement in life, he believed, was contributing to the energy that can make the world a better place for all creatures. His message to vegans is to remember that veganism is more than just finding alternatives to animal products; it is about living with compassion and finding one's own path.