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Celebrating the Return of IVU Vegfest to India: A Journey Through Time

The International Vegetarian Union (IVU) has had a long-standing relationship with India, a country renowned for its rich vegetarian heritage. As we gear up for the 48th IVU World Vegan Festival in India, let's take a walk down memory lane and revisit the milestones of IVU's journey in this vibrant nation.

15 world vegetarian congress ivu1957: The Beginning

The first IVU event in India was held in 1957. The World Vegetarian Congress took place in Delhi and Bombay, marking the beginning of a beautiful relationship between IVU and India.

19 world vegetarian congress india1967: A Decade Later

Ten years later, in 1967, IVU returned to India. The World Vegetarian Congress was held in Delhi, Jaipur, and Bombay. The event was a significant step forward in promoting vegetarianism in the country.

1993: The Third Visit

In 1993, IVU was back in India for the World Vegetarian Congress held in Madras, showcasing the country's commitment to vegetarianism.

goa 2006 world vegetarian congress ivu2006: Goa Welcomes IVU

In 2006, the International Vegetarian Congress was hosted in the scenic state of Goa. The event was a testament to the growing popularity of vegetarianism and veganism worldwide.

2023: A Tri-City Celebration

Fast forward to 2023, and IVU is back in India with a bang! This time, the celebrations are spread across three cities:

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The festival in Mumbai promises a grand spectacle of enlightenment and entertainment, with over 20,000 participants expected to attend.

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The Chennai segment of the festival is designed as a conference, fostering in-depth discussions and intellectual exchange.


- Ahmedabad:

The Ahmedabad event is a celebration of life, culture, and compassionate cuisine, reflecting the city's globally conscious perspective.

A New Generation of Activists

IVU is thrilled to partner with a new generation of activists from the vegan and vegetarian movement in these cities. India, the land of Ahimsa (non-violence), offers a fertile ground for the seeds of compassion and sustainability to flourish.

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Addressing Modern Challenges

While India's vegetarian roots run deep, the country faces challenges from external cultural influences. The younger generation is being introduced to a plethora of packaged foods and meat-based dishes, which could lead to potential health issues. IVU aims to rekindle the love for home-cooked, fresh vegetarian food and highlight the benefits of a vegan diet.

Looking to the Future

IVU believes it's time for India to embrace a 100% vegetarian diet, letting go of milk and eggs. With the availability of excellent substitutes and scientific research backing the health benefits of a vegan diet, it's a rediscovery of the past with an eye on the future.

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Embarking on a Compassionate Odyssey

The 48th IVU World Vegan Festival is not just an event; it's a celebration of life and respect for all living beings. We congratulate everyone involved in making these festivals happen and look forward to a brighter, more compassionate future.

Join us in this monumental effort, and let's make a difference together!

More about each city event here, on their own websites:

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