national Youth Day
Indian Government declared January 12th as the National Youth Day in 1984. This day marks the birth day of great Indian philosopher, Swami Vivekananda whose teachings are the biggest philosophical asset of the country. The motto of declaring youth day on the birth date of this philosophical guru was motivating and inculcating these pious ideals to the coming generations.
As per the quote from the Government of India’s Communication, “it was felt that the philosophy of Swami ji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.”
National Youth Day is observed with great devotion towards Swami Vivekananda at headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission as well as their branch centers.
Members of the organizations observe birthday of Swami Vivekananda in different manner. Celebrations of Swami’s birthday, according to Hindu calendar follow typical Hindu manner of celebrations.
This include mangalarati, homa (special worship of fire), meditation, devotional songs, religious discourses and sandhyarti
Many activities are planned for the day including various processions, speeches, recitations, music, youth conventions, seminars, yogasana presentation, competitions in essay-writing and sports.
The National Youth Day is also observed in almost all educational institutes of the country with great enthusiasm.
Vivekananda’s birthday according to the Indian Almanac (Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac) is on Pausha Krishna Saptami tithi, which falls on different dates in the English Calendar every year. So as declared by the Indian Government, Vivekananda’s Birthday is celebrated every year on January 12 as National Youth Day as the date remains fix for each year as per the Gregorian calendar..