October 1st is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day. This very specific holiday was initiated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.
It seems appropriate for World Vegetarian Day to be on October 1st as we celebrate in so many ways the bringing in of the harvest in October and November. Fresh produce both fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains are in abundance at this time of the year.
There are two main points to this holiday the first is that it kicks off a month of celebrating vegetarians. The second is to encourage people to try a meatless diet. There are many degrees of being a vegetarian. Some go totally animal product free. Others allow milk products and eggs. A quick Google search can bring up a good quantity of information about vegetarianism. If this is something you would like to try, today is your day.