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National Youth Day: Know about Swami Vivekananda

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 10, 2022, 13:19

In 1984, the Government of India declared 12th January as National Youth Day, and since 1985, the event has been celebrated in India every year to commemorate Swami Vivekananda's birthday. Swami Vivekananda was one of India's greatest youth leaders and followers. A passionate student of Sri Rama Krishna Paramahansa, he was an important force in the resurrection of Hinduism in India.

Swami Vivekananda was adored by the people of the country and was considered one of India's greatest social leaders. He was born on 12th January 1863 in Kolkata. 

Why is National Youth Day Celebrated on 12th January?

The National Youth Day date is celebrated to commemorate Swami Vivekananda's birthday. He was a philosopher, activist, social reformer, and thinker.

The objective of celebrating National Youth Day is to disseminate the ideas and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, about how he lived, preached, and the way he worked. Various events are held at schools, universities, etc. all over the country.

Importance of National Youth Day

The goal of celebrating National Youth Day on such a massive scale is to motivate the youth, create a better future for the country, and spread the ideology of Swami Vivekananda.

National Youth Day is also known as Yuva Diwas. The government's main goal is to give the country a better future by motivating young people through Swami Vivekananda's way of life and ideas. 

National Youth Day in India: Celebrations

National Youth Day or Yuva Diwas, which is Swami Vivekananda's birthday, is celebrated with great zeal according to Indian culture and traditions every year at many Ramakrishna Mission centres and its branches. The Great Mangal Aarti, prayer songs, meditations, religious speeches, Sandhya Aarti, etc. take place during the celebrations.

It is also celebrated at various schools and universities by hosting parades, speeches, readings, songs, conferences, essay writing contests, seminars, and more about Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda's writing and lectures are also recited by students to inspire them. 

The National Youth Festival is celebrated every year from 12th to 16th January.

National Youth Day 2021

Due to COVID-19, the 24th Federal Youth Festival was held in virtual mode. On 12th January 2021, the opening ceremony of the 24th Federal Youth Festival and the closing ceremony of the 2nd Federal Youth Parliamentary Festival were held at the Central Parliament Building.

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FAQs about National Youth Day

Q.1. What have been the different themes for previous years' National Youth Day celebrations?

These have been the various themes of National Youth Day so far:

  • 2021: "YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka"
  • 2020: "Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building"
  • 2018: "Sankalp Se Siddhi"
  • 2017: "Youth for Digital India"
  • 2016: "Indian Youth for Development, Skill, and Harmony".

Q.2. Who organizes the National Youth Festival?

It is organized by the Government of India, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and one of the State Governments.

Q.3. What is the relevance of the Ramakrishna Mission? 

It is an institution that works towards youth, culture, women's empowerment, value-based education, tribal welfare health, and relief and rehabilitation.

Q.4. When is National Youth Day celebrated in India?

National Youth Day is celebrated on 12th January.