If the Google doodle is any indication of the popularity of an event or person, then today is a sad day for veganism, indeed. I enthusiastically opened Google today, to see what they had doodled to mark World Vegan Day. But do you know what their doodle is about today? It is about the 87thbirthday of an Indian Urdu writer, Abdul Qavi Desnavi. I have no way of knowing what the US or UK doodle is about today, but it should have been about World Vegan Day all over the world. Now no disrespect to the writer, but the world has a much larger agenda that needs to be addressed, and Google could’ve done its bit to facilitate the cause.
Should I be upset with Google, or is Google simply reflecting the mindset of society? Of all the countries, our cow-worshipping country is most desperately in need of awakening. We, as vegans, have a long way to go. And I will believe that veganism has arrived when the 1st November Google doodle will be about World Veganism Day. Until then, keep up the activism.
Background: Vegan Day first occurred on November 1st, 1994 as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the UK Vegan Society and indeed the term “Vegan”. The Vegan Society was established in November of 1944; although the exact date was unknown. The President of the Vegan Society decided to elect the date of the 1st of November. This is now recognized as the date on which the Vegan Society was founded and on which Vegan Day would be observed.
Along with celebrating the start of the Vegan Society, Vegan Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and veganism in general. The term Vegan was coined by Donald Watson and derived from the word Vegetarian. At that time, the differentiation was that Vegans did not consume dairy products. Later this extended to eggs, and by 1951, veganism had become a movement of people who did not partake in the exploitation of animals.
Each year there are a number of festivals and exhibitions held around the world by vegan societies. In addition, there are many local events, talks and cooking demonstrations organized by individuals.
(Background information courtesy https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/vegan-day/ )