The National Youth Day is celebrated on 12th January every year in India. 12th January also happens to be the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. It is celebrated to mark the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
The theme for National Youth Day, 2019 is “Youth and Nation Building”. The theme asserts the importance of roles of youths of the country in the overall development of the country.
History of National Youth Day
The history of National Youth Day is of paramount importance in addition to knowing when National Youth Day is celebrated. Swami Vivekananda was born on 12th January 1863 in the Pausha Krishna Saptami Tithi. He was the founder of the Ramakrishna Mission, which has significant historical importance. The birthday of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated every year at various centres and branches of Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math. The celebration includes devotional songs, the great Mangal Arti, and religious speeches.
The government of India had declared to celebrate 12th January as National Youth Day every year in 1984. The object behind this declaration was to motivate the youth of India to venture towards the right path of life by getting inspired by the great deeds and ideals of Swami Vivekananda. This would ultimately lead to a better and productive future of the country as youths are one of the most important parts of a country with regards to its development and progress.
How National Youth Day is celebrated
Various activities are undertaken in schools, colleges and government establishments. The youths in schools and colleges perform parades, recitations, songs, dances, speeches, Yogasanas, presentations, etc. Essay writing, seminar and sports are also organised. The most important parts of the celebration are lectures, speeches and writings on the ideas and views of Swami Vivekananda.
Mission Bhartiyam organises a two-day event on the occasion of National Youth Day in the state of Uttar Pradesh every year. This event is also known as Basti Yuvo Mahotsav. This event is celebrated by government establishments, private establishments and non-profit organizations.