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Swami Vivekananda Jayanti: Celebrating the Spirit of Youth

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, also known as National Youth Day, is celebrated on January 12 every year to mark the birth anniversary of one of the greatest spiritual leaders and thinkers of India, Swami Vivekananda. He was a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa and a pioneer of Vedanta philosophy. He introduced Hinduism to the Western world at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893, where he delivered a powerful speech that captivated the audience and earned him global recognition. He also inspired many nationalist leaders, such as Subhas Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi, with his teachings and ideals.

The Government of India declared Swami Vivekananda Jayanti as National Youth Day in 1984, to honor his contribution to the nation and to inspire the young generation with his vision and values. Swami Vivekananda believed in the inherent strength and potential of the youth, and urged them to work for the betterment of society and humanity. He said, “Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.

How to celebrate National Youth Day?

National Youth Day is observed across the country with various events and activities that aim to celebrate the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the youth. Some of the common ways to celebrate National Youth Day are:

  • Paying floral tribute to Swami Vivekananda and listening to his teachings and speeches.
  • Participating in seminars, workshops, cultural programs and discussions centered around Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy and ideals.
  • Engaging in physical fitness and sports activities, such as yoga, meditation, martial arts, cycling, etc., to promote a healthy lifestyle and teamwork.
  • Joining rallies and campaigns that address issues such as education, employment, environment, social justice, etc., and raising awareness about them among the public.
  • Volunteering for social causes and community service, such as teaching, mentoring, donating, cleaning, planting, etc., and making a positive difference in the lives of others.
  • Exploring one’s creativity and talents, such as writing, painting, singing, dancing, coding, etc., and showcasing them to the world.

What is the role of an NGO on National Youth Day?

NGOs play a crucial role in empowering the youth to become active, responsible, and capable leaders of tomorrow. By offering skill development, facilitating access to education, providing entrepreneurship opportunities, and delivering leadership training, these organizations contribute to nurturing a generation that is well-equipped to address societal challenges and drive positive change. 

My Abhinandan is a non-profit organization committed to children’s skill development, environmental conservation, and women’s empowerment. Operating in marginalized communities in New Delhi, we provide education, vocational training, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities. Our organization actively organizes various events and campaigns to raise awareness and funds for our causes. Key initiatives include Abhinandan Skill Development, Abhinandan Women’s Empowerment, Abhinandan Environmental Conservation, Abhinandan Children’s Welfare, and Abhinandan Food Bank.

National Youth Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the spirit of youth and honouring the legacy of Swami Vivekananda. It serves as a reminder of his words, “Youth means to place your firm confidence in yourself and exercise your hopeful determination and resolution and willing good intentions in this beautiful task of self-culture.” This day encourages individuals to follow his example and strive for excellence and service in all spheres of life.

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