National Youth Day (India)

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National Youth Day
Swami Vivekananda 1896.jpg
Observed by  India
Significance Birthday of Swami Vivekananda
Begins 1984[1]
Date 12 January
Next time 12 January 2019 (2019-01-12)
Frequency Annual

National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.


It was a great decision of Government of India taken in the year, 1984 to celebrate the birthday of great Swami Vivekananda i.e. 12 January as a National Youth Day every year. As the Government of India had quoted and realized that ' the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.'[2]

On 12 January 2013, Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told in his address at the inauguration of four-year-long celebrations of Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary— [3]

What Gandhiji said captures the great importance of spreading Swami Vivekananda's ideas and ideals among the youth in our country today. He personified the eternal energy of the youth and their restless quest for truth. It is entirely fitting that the Government of India has declared 12th January, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, as National Youth Day. We must work to rekindle the eternal message of this great patriot and son of India.

Celebration and activities

The National Youth Day is observed all over India at schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, recitations, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, competitions in essay-writing, recitations and sports on 12 January every year. Swami Vivekananda's lectures and writings, deriving their inspiration from Indian spiritual tradition and the broad outlook of his Master Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, are the source of inspiration and have motivated numerous youth organizations, study circles and service projects involving the youth.[4]


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  2. ^ "National Youth Day". National Youth Day 12th January. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  3. ^ "PM's address at the Inauguration of four Year Long Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda's 150th Birth Anniversary". Indian Government. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ "National Youth Day, India" (PDF). National Youth Day. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011.

External links

  • National Youth Day
  • National Youth Day at Belur Math
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