World and National Tofu Day
Date When Celebrated :
World Tofu Day is always celebrated on July 26
UK National Tofu Day is always celebrated on September 1
The goal of both World Tofu Day and the UK's National Tofu Day is to celebrate tofu as a vegetarian alternative to meats and fish. It celebrates healthy tofu and encourages people to stop the cruelty to animals through a more vegetarian diet. Vegetarians and animal rights groups applaud Tofu, and promote it's consumption. A second goal of these two special holidays, is to spread awareness of the benefits of eating a plant based diet, especially as it impacts animals. SPA Canada an animal rights group and the creator of World Tofu Day, uses this day to strongly fight to end animal cruelty.
Asian in origin, the word "Tofu" in Mandarin translates to "spoiled beans". Early Chinese knew that tofu was healthy. They associated the consumption of tofu with a long and healthy life. In addition, it didn't cost much, serving as an affordable option for those who didn't have money for meats.
Tofu is a vegetable product made from soybeans, that is rich in vitamins and protein. It is a healthy and organic substitute to meat and fish, and is a staple of vegetarians. Soft, bland, and custard-like, Tofu doesn't have much flavor. Like potatoes or rice, it's what you put on it, that makes it so enjoyable.
There are several steps to making tofu. The first steps, are to make soy milk. A second series of steps produces tofu. You can have extra fun today, by making your own tofu... How to make soy milk and tofu
Also see: How to grow soybeans.
Did You Know? The roots of vegetarianism dates back to 600BC in ancient Greece. But, it wasn't until the 10th Century that the Chinese perfected the process of making Tofu. There are also some references to Tofu being first created in Japan around the same time.
Whether you are celebrating World Tofu Day or National Tofu Day, tofu should definitely be on your menu today. Recipes abound and are just an internet search away.
Special thought just for this day: You can't have your tofu and eat it, too.
World Tofu Day was created by the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada in 2014. SPA Canada is an animal rights protection group that seeks to end animal cruelty and encourage humans to practice plant based diets.
National Tofu Day was created in the United Kingdom. It appears to have started around 2017-2018. We have not yet identified who created it. This special holiday is beginning to gain popularity in the United States.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no UK parliamentary law or proclamation for this day. We also found no proclamation from the queen or any member of the royal family
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