Vegetarian Awareness Month: Ten Ways to Celebrate in 2012

Categories: Veg, Whimsy

Samantha Guzman
Vegan ice cream at the Texas Veggie State Fair. Another way to celebrate.
Last year, October was Vegetarian Awareness Month. This year, it is once again. Because clearly, the fight to recognize that Vegetarians are among us is still not over. We must be aware. We must make others aware. We will prevail!

Celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month is easy! Just be aware that Vegetarianism and Vegetarians exist (and capitalize both for the entire month, out of respect.)

I don't know about you, but I like to go a bit over the top with my celebrations. So without further ado, here are ten new ways to celebrate our Veggie friends this month.

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Sara Blankenship
Try a little Meatless Monday, would ya?
1. Turn Vegetarian Awareness Month into Vegetarian Appreciation Month. Kick it up a notch and sleep with a Vegetarian. They need love. And validation.

2. Eat a fucking pumpkin! They're vegetables, and they're everywhere!*
*at Starbucks (or maybe not?), inside pancakes, way too many cupcakes, allllll over Pinterest, inside what can only be "teen" vodka, souffles, and yes, even featured at IHOP -- which officially declares the pumpkin trend over before it even began.

If you haven't noticed (I'm lookin' at you, non-swing states), there's an election coming up. If you are what they call an "undecided voter," eat your damn vegetables. You are in need adequate nutrition.

4. Pin nothing but Vegetarian food for the entire month of October.
What? You're not on Pinterest?! How do you know how to dress yourself, decorate your house or make cake inside a coffee mug?! Get with it. You can find some suggested Vegetarian pinboards here, here and here.

5. Dress up as a famous Vegetarian for Halloween.
Suggestions include Bill Clinton, Prince, Steve Jobs and Mister Rogers. The Plutarch of Chaeronea in Boeotia was also a vegetarian, but nobody knows who the eff that is, so don't come dressed up as Pluty.

6. Plant a vegetable garden and try not to catch and grill the inevitable rabbits who come to pillage it.

7. Watch an episode of Veggie Tales on the Internet.
You just might learn something. About Jesus.

8. Go to a Vegetarian restaurant,
and leave the sass ("This would be a lot better with bacon.") at home.

9. Take your favorite Vegetarian friend to get a seasonal pumpkin pedicure at your favorite nail spa. But if your friend is vegan, please be respectful. Ask him/her to shower first.

10. Put veggies inside you all day.
No, not like that. Gah. Were you successful during last year's
Vegetarian Awareness Month? Did you eat like a Vegetarian for an entire day or longer? Try again. Make us proud.

How will you celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month?

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And by the way.... I have sent a petition to my local representative asking him to sponsor new legislation to outlaw the use of the non-word 'veggie' by anyone over the age of four. Because really. Isn't that a week one lesson in journalism school? "Only use words that actually exist outside of vapid toddler babble". Seriously. Are we adults?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I love the Southeast Asian concept of lots of fresh vegetables and spicy, savory condiments, and their use of just a small amount of meat or fish for flavor.  The abominable, yet atrocious, act of shoving massive quantities of animal flesh into one's gullet at one sitting appalls me.


Can't help feeling you're being a bit po faced here. Lighten up.


I'm a de facto vegetarian, and one thing I really dislike is the terrible moral high horse so many ride round on.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @JakeStone I detest that egregious bastardization of the word "vegetable".  "Sammies" comes in at a very close second.  The odious Rachel Ray gave us that wretched appellation for "sandwiches".

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ChrisYu @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @JakeStone :maybe that and an appeteaser.

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