National Youth Day or “Yuva Divas” is celebrated on 12th January with great joy and enthusiasm in India every year on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda the maker of modern India. The Government of India had declared the day as the National Youth Day in the year 1984 and since 1985 this event is celebrated in India every year to honour Swami Vivekananda.
History of National Youth Day
In the year 1984, The Government of India declared and decided to observe the birthday of Swami Vivekananda on 12th January as National Youth Day every year. Since 1985 it is celebrated every year in India to inspire and encourage the young Indian youths of the country towards the way of life and ideals of the Swami Vivekananda.
Celebrations of National Youth Day
Swami Vivekananda a chief disciple of the 19th century Indian mystic Ramakrishna was born on 12th January 1863 in the Pausha Krishna Saptami tithi. According to Indian tradition and culture his birthday is celebrated by all age groups at many centres of the Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission schools and in some of their branches by performing Mangal Arti, Hoom, Devotional songs, Meditation and Sandhya Arti with inspirational religious speeches. The celebration is also known as the Swami Vivekananda Jayanti.
Activities of National Youth Day
Yuva Divas or National Youth Day is the day for the youths of our country. Youths or students celebrated in schools and colleges by performing the parade, inspirational speeches of Vivekananda, singing, presentations, drawing competitions, seminar, sports, Lectures and writings related to the ideas of Vivekananda.
Event organizers also organize events on this day all over the India as well as outside the country with performers to perform in order to promote the education, art and trust among the youths. There are also some youth organizations and study circles which obtain inspiration from the writings and lectures of Vivekananda.
In Uttar Pradesh an event for two days for all age groups is organized by the Mission Bharatiyam named as “Basti Yuvo Mahotsav” which features various activities. Not only the youths of our country this day is also celebrated by the government, corporate groups and non-profit organizations in their own way.
In the early morning the celebration starts with the pooja of Sri Sarada Devi, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda and Swami Ramakrishnananda by the Monks and devotees followed by hoom, arti and pushpanjali and at the end the Prasad distribution takes place.
Quotes - Swami Vivekananda
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