What is National Youth Day?
The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is annually celebrated on 12th of January every year. This day is also significantly known as national youth day in India. Going back a few years ago, in 1984, the then government realized the ideals and the path Swami Vivekananda chose to ignite young minds and the citizens of this country.
So, to keep the message going ahead from one generation to another, the government took a very judicious decision in celebration national youth day in Swami Vivekananda’s name every year on the 12th of January .
The government also took measures to research on the ideals that Swami Vivekananda lived with, realized the inspirational life that he led and hence brought forward the idea of national youth day.
Even today, on the occasion of national youth day, Swami Vivekananda’s writings, his books, the lectures he delivered are taken up as part of lectures and debates, discussions and light thrown on his great contribution to our society in inspiring the youth and awakening them.
National Youth Day 2019 – 12th January
The national youth day 2019 will be celebrated on Saturday, the 12th of January, 2019. It will mark the 156th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The day will be based on a specific theme which will act as the primordial point of focus of all activities carried out on that day.
The day will see the youth of the country realizing the importance of freedom and not to waste one’s freedom in doing the wrong things that will hamper their lives.
Instead, they would be motivated to chase their dreams, to run behind every dream that the dream of, to achieve them and to conquer their fears. The day will be celebrated by carrying out the following activities:
Students across the country form their own groups and spread messages of motivation, by carrying out special activities in their schools.
The activities will be on the lines of essay writing, theme writing, drawing competitions, painting themes, quiz competitions etc.
Special lectures will be delivered at places of prominence about Swami Vivekananda’s great leadership qualities. It cannot be forgotten that Swami Vivekananda was a great believer in Gandhiji’s ideals.
So he chose simplistic living as one of his ideals. His ideals stay strong even to this day and the messages of his great and inspiring leadership are drawn from the past to motivate people.
The media will hold debates and discussions with experts and draw close to the point where Swami Vivekananda believed in the leadership and the power of the youth.
Swami Vivekananda always stressed on how the youth can transform the country in a better way. They can lead the change forward. Hence, their education and knowledge acquirement was very important.
So, the activities that will be carried out on January 12, 2019 will focus on these points of importance ad spread the messages of Swami Vivekananda across various channels and platforms, across the borders of the country.
National Youth Day Celebration
The celebration of the national youth day happens in a very unique way. The youth of the country are encouraged to come up with their own plans of events and activities that will help bring about an awareness of Swami Vivekananda’s words and messages.
In most of the events, the youth get part of the celebration credit, but here in this celebration, they are the most important people and they decide the format of events to be carried out.
The youth must make use of this platform in the most effective way. They should generate topics of enthusiasm among the general public. They should talk of peace and well being with their fellow beings.
If the youth have to progress well in their chosen fields, they need to have an idea, a vision. Similarly, on national youth day, the celebrations such as processions and demonstrations, public meetings will discuss about the same.
The youth should develop an interest to know more about the country’s past. They should learn to respect the days when our country was struggling to get freedom. This way, the youth will be guided to think about the importance of freedom, they will learn not to take freedom for granted.
Students in schools and colleges will be encouraged to sing patriotic songs on this day. They will also invite eminent personalities and request them to deliver lectures to inspire young minds.
More than conducting the event, the youth are expected to have the full knowledge of conducting the event, how it will inspire the younger generation, how they can apply the ideas in their real lives etc.
Students ought to become perfect in their small and everyday tasks that they carry out at home. Fromm there starts their proper learning. So youth will be motivated by teachers to imbibe values of nation building and a healthy sense of brotherhood and harmonious relationships with everyone we know.
National Youth Day Speech (400 words)
Respected dignitaries on stage, our beloved principal, staff and my dear friends, today I am going to present a speech on national youth day and its importance in our country.
As we all know that our country was ruled by the British for almost two centuries and the horrified images of the freedom struggle come back in front of us when we read them in books and chronicles.
Achieving freedom at midnight was not as easy task. The struggle for freedom was a long overdue movement. It involved the participation and contribution of great leaders from all spheres of life, from all walks of life that we know.
These leaders were significant in bringing about awareness among the public, among the common man. One such leader who brought about this awakening, not just at the national level, but rose to international fame because of his ideologies and thinking was Swami Vivekananda.
On his birth anniversary, that is, every day on the 12th of January we celebrate the national youth day. Swami Vivekananda was a man of principles. From his childhood he was very determined, he showed great ambition and was thoroughly dedicated in the tasks that he did.
His accomplishments in life were huge. The speech he delivered at Chicago is world famous even today, people remember him on account of this historic speech that he gave to ignite many young minds. His critical thinking level was so high that he did not bow down from his ideologies even in the worst times of his life.
He inspired the youth of the country to choose their paths with dedication and determination. He made them realize their dreams.
On this auspicious day, let us all mark our respects to Swami Vivekananda for delivering excellence in all his works, both at the national and the international level .there were many historic gems that brought pride to our nation on international shores.
We remember our heroes for their great works and contributions and history is proof of the exemplary works they did to gather people and bring them to a common understanding regarding values of freedom, independence and most importantly, nationalism and cultural pride.
The intellectual powers of this great leaders and his vast knowledge were above any visible powers of the British and there was nothing they could do to outwit this saint from his chosen path. He proved to the nation that ambition, backed with dedication and determination are the only sure shot routes to success.
National Youth Day 2018 Theme
The theme of the year 2018 was ‘Sankalp se Siddhi”. When we translate these words in English, they mean we can achieve success in life only with determination. Swami Vivekananda always stressed the importance of having ambition in our dreams, especially for the youth. Success is short lived.
Our grit and determination lives long. The youth of today have fire in their minds, they have the quest for knowledge, and they have the fire in their minds to achieve greater heights in life. But to conquer upper spaces, we need to put these ideologies into action.
The national youth day of 2018 stressed on these ideologies of grit, determination and vigor and to bring them in our tasks to achieve the required dream we dreamt of.
National Youth Day Quotes
- “The youth is like an untapped resource in the country. It needs awakening and proper directions”.
- “Youth day is a day to celebrate the ideologies set forward by Swami Vivekananda”.
- “Rise every time you fall, only when you fall can you rise beyond expectations”.
- “Have dreams in life; turn them into reality with your ambitions”.
- “Dedication and determination are the true pillars of success”.
National Youth Day Slogans
- “Follow Swami Vivekananda’s words for achieving excellence in life”.
- “The legend Swami Vivekananda was not just an inspiration; he was a farfetched spiritual guide and leader”.
- “The books of Swami Vivekananda inspire the youth, they ignite their minds simultaneously”.
- “National youth day is not just about celebration, it is a day of taking a pledge to work for our nation”.
- “The youth should learn from the writings and anecdotes of Swami Vivekananda, they are blissful”.
Why we celebrate National Youth Day?
The modern technology has given access to the youth of today to the most advanced forms of information and knowledge. But the right usage and interpretation is mostly not taking place. People exploit freedom for all the wrong reasons. People do not realize the values of nation building.
The youth are misguided by notions that they have left the country in the hands of politicians, so they can rest peacefully. But his is not the case; every individual needs to think selflessly like Swami Vivekananda to bring about a change.
For example, corruption is a burning issue on our country. If each of us can help in our own small ways to go against the practice of corruption, we can definitely see a transformation. These values and ideologies, the awareness about them are created in National youth day.
Importance and Significance of National Youth Day
- The messages of Swami Vivekananda are a great inspiration to the youth. They help in the growth and development of our country.
- For a country to have global presence it needs to have cordial relationships with its neighbors in the global space, these words of knowledge were enlightened by none other than Swami Vivekananda himself.
- Performances of politicians and public responsibilities have to be realized by leaders ruling the nation. National youth day provides the required directions in this regard.
The idea of celebrating national youth day is to bring people closer to each other. If we, the citizens of a country start fighting amongst ourselves, then our strengths are weakened and they would be exploited by external forces for their selfish gains.
Instead, if we come together as a nation and inspire the youth of our country to think better and perform better and reach success, then our country would lead the paths of change and see a big transformation in the global space.
National youth day aims to achieve these ideals by following the principles and ideologies of swami Vivekananda.