National Youth Day is observed every year on January 12 to honour the teachings and ideals of Swami Vivekananda.
About the Day
- Since 1984, January 12 is observed as National Youth Day across the country.
- The day is marked all over India at schools and colleges, with processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, competitions in essay-writing, recitations and sports every year.
- Yuva Diwas is also celebrated to encourage the youth in the country to become a better person and achieve an honorable life contributing to the development of the country.
- The theme for National youth day 2021 is YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka.
- Born on January 12, 1863, in Kolkata, Swami Vivekananda was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna and was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
- Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.
- He pushed for national integration in colonial India, and his famous speech remains as the one that he gave in Chicago in 1893.