National Youth Day - 12 January

National Youth Day - 12 January

National Youth Day, also known as Vivekananda Jayanti, is celebrated on 12 January.  The day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest philosophers and spiritual leaders. National Youth Day is also known as Rashtriya Yuva Diwas and is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

In 1984, the Indian Government first declared to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda i.e. 12 January as National Youth Day. 

National Youth Day - Themes
On the occasion of National Youth Day, the Government of India selects a new theme each year. 
2023 :  "Viksit Yuva-Viksit Bharat."
2022 :  "It's all in the mind."
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".

Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863 in a Kayastha family.  The childhood name of Swami Vivekananda was Narendra Dutt. His father's name was Vishwanath Dutta and his mother's name was Bhuvaneshwari Devi. 
In 1881, he met with Shri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa at Dakshineshwar's Kali temple and became a disciple of Saint Ramakrishna Paramhamsa. Vivekananda was one of the most influential philosophers and social reformers, and the most successful missionaries of Vedanta to the Western world. He introduced the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western World. <a href="">Swami Vivekananda's iconic speech on Hinduism </a>was delivered at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago on September 11, 1893.

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