Why is National Youth Day celebrated on Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary?

Swami Vivekananda was born in Kolkata on January 12, 1863 into an upper-class family in West Bengal. His original name was Narendra Nath Datta. He founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He emphasized yoga, meditation and abstinence while speaking out powerfully against the curse of poverty, prejudice and discrimination. Since 1985, India annually observes ‘National Youth Day’ on January 12, on the day of the social reformer, philosopher and great thinker Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary. In 1984, it was declared by the Government of India, that 12th Jan will be observed as National Youth Day. It is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm at many centres of the Ramkrishna Math, and Ramkrishna Mission. This day is also observed by various NGO’s.

The objective behind the government’s move was to imbibe the students and youth with the philosophy and ideals of the Swamiji, the man who brought a change in the thought process of the youth. It was decided by the Government of India in order to inspire all the youths of country towards the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and his ideals. It is celebrated as a national youth day so as to complete the aim of making better future of the country by motivating the youths through the way of life and ideas of the Swami Vivekananda.

He was a man who born once in 100 years. Swami Vivekananda’s inspiring personality was well known both in India and in America during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. In his own motherland Vivekananda is regarded as the patriot saint of modern India, to the Hindus he preached the ideal of a strength-giving and man-making religion.

We the youth should think like the way Swami think that nothing is possible. If you want to achieve something you can, but for that you have to believe on yourself and after that you can believe on God. In our life nothing is impossible as the word itself says “I m possible”. Today’s Generations should follow the path which was followed by Swamiji Vivekanand. If you have patience to think upon the work you did, then you will also have a time to make it correct in order to achieve the success. Like a Vivekananda you should also develop that intellectual and logical mind, have a fire insight which keeps motivating you from inside. To become somewhere near the man who did wonders in his life you should have to disciplined in each and every activity you performed day to day in your running life. It’s a life which gives less opportunity as it expects from us to work hard. Always make a mission and vision in your life to achieve short term and long term goals in your life.


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