National Youth Day 2023 is observed on 12th January every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The day is celebrated to recognise and pay homage to the teaching and preachings of Swami Vivekananda. He has been one of the most profound spiritual leaders in India. As a philosopher, thinker and patriot, he had an immense contribution to the Indian Freedom Struggle against the oppressive British Rule in India.
History of National Youth Day
National Youth Day is celebrated on 12th January 1984 when the Government of India declared that National Youth Day will be celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The main purpose of celebrating National Youth Day is to promote the ideals and ideologies of Swami Vivekananda among the youth. To encourage them to embrace the teachings of Swami ji in their life to find the path to enlightenment.
Life of Swami Vivekananda
Born as Narendranath Datta in a Bengali family in Calcutta, Swami Vivekananda was inspired by his father’s (an attorney at Calcutta High Court) rational thinking and mother’s (a devout housewife) religious temperament since his childhood. They combined shaped his personality and thinking since his childhood. He graduated from Scottish Church College in 1984.
Meanwhile, he met Ramakrishna and became his disciple which eventually changed his life forever. By 1988, he became Parivrâjaka— the Hindu religious life of a wandering monk. Later he delivered various lectures on Indian philosophy and Hinduism in the West. His Chicago Speech is one of the most popular as he began his speech as, “ Sisters and Brothers of America…”
Theme of National Youth Day 2023
The theme of National Youth Day 2023 is ‘Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat’. The theme clearly emphasizes the importance of building a progressive youth population that will eventually hold the baton of success for India in the future. National Youth Day is celebrated to encourage the youth to ignite the flame of knowledge, rational thinking, and religious empathy in them.
National Youth Day Quotes
National Youth day is celebrated to honor Swami Vivekananda and encourage the youth to work hard, take inspiration from his life and contribute to the overall development of their nation. Here we are sharing some quotes of Swami Vivekananda which imply a life lesson to the youth.
- “Talk to yourself once in a day, otherwise you may miss meeting an intelligent person in this world.”
- “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”
- “Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.”
- “Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”