12 January: National Youth Day
Every year, National Youth Day is celebrated in India to guide and motivate the youth to follow the right path, overcome challenges to achieve success, and contribute to the growth of the nation. Swamiji’s ideals and teachings have influenced not only Indian society, but also western society, and our youth can take inspiration from him.
On 12th January, National Youth Day is celebrated in honor of Swami Vivekanand’s birthday. Every year since 1985, this event has been celebrated in India. Since Swamiji’s philosophy and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth, the government declared it a National Youth Day. It was also on this day in 1883 that he delivered the famous Hinduism speech at the Chicago Parliament of Religions, which began “Sisters and Brothers of America”.
National Youth Day: History
On 12 January 1984, the Government of India first commemorated Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary as National Youth Day. The day is now celebrated across the country as National Youth Day. To arouse adolescents’ eternal vitality and enhance the nation’s economy, the Government’s main objective behind this decision was to produce a brighter future for the nation by encouraging the youth to take inspiration from Swami Vivekananda’s life and contributions.
National Youth Day: Significance
On this day, various events are organized across the country to commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and ideals and to inspire young people to follow in his footsteps. The theme of the day is often focused on encouraging youth to take up social and economic issues, as well as spiritual enlightenment. It is an opportunity for the government, civil society, and communities to come together to engage and invest in the future of the country by empowering and providing opportunities for its youth.
Swami Vivekananda: Quotes
Some of Swami Vivekananda’s most famous quotes are listed below:
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body, be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”
“The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.”
“Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.”
“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.”
“Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.”
“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”
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