Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: The nation is celebrating the National Youth Day today to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.
Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, and his teachings and ideas have had a profound impact on youth empowerment and spirituality.
The celebration of National Youth Day aims to inspire and motivate the youth of the country, encouraging them to contribute positively to society and to uphold the values that Swami Vivekananda stood for.
Themes for National Youth Day may vary each year, and they often revolve around the principles and teachings of Swami Vivekananda. These themes are designed to resonate with the contemporary challenges and aspirations of the youth. The themes are chosen to guide discussions, events, and activities organized on this day.
The theme for National Youth Day 2024 is “Arise, Awake, and Realise the Power You Hold.”
The significance of National Youth Day lies in promoting the ideals of fearlessness, strength, and self-confidence among the youth. It encourages them to think critically, work towards their goals, and contribute to the development of the nation. Celebrations often include seminars, workshops, cultural events, and activities that focus on youth development and empowerment.
The reason behind the celebration of Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day in India:
The birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated as National Youth Day in India. Swami Vivekananda was a prominent Hindu philosopher, spiritual leader, and a key figure in introducing Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He was born on January 12, 1863.
The decision to observe Swami Vivekananda's birthday as National Youth Day was made by the Government of India in 1984. The objective behind celebrating National Youth Day on January 12 is to honor Swami Vivekananda's contributions to the youth and to inspire young people across the country.
Swami Vivekananda was a strong advocate for the development of the youth, believing that they had the power to bring about positive change in society. His teachings emphasized the importance of education, self-confidence, self-discipline, and the pursuit of one's goals with dedication and sincerity. Celebrating National Youth Day on his birthday serves as a reminder of his ideals and encourages the youth to strive for excellence in their lives.
The day is marked with various events and programs organized by schools, colleges, and youth organizations across India, focusing on the themes of education, leadership, and the overall development of young individuals.