In India, the National Youth Day is celebrated on the 12th of January each year to mark the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Then, Indian government declared the birthday of this great spiritual person as National Youth Day in the year 1984 and the event is celebrated in the country every year from the year 1985.
About Swami Vivekananda:
He strived hard towards nation building and his teachings were the important motivation to many national leaders and philosophers not only from India, but also from other countries as well. His teaching and philosophy has said to encourage many great leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi. This spiritual personality always believed in the power and in the dreams of the youth of India to motivate and nourish the historical culture of the country and he wanted the youth to bring about advancement in them according to the changing modernization. The philosophy of Swami Vivekananda was a combination of both science and spirituality. He gave a rational thinking to many of his thoughts and ideas. Such thoughts encouraged the youth as they could relate and can logically align themselves to his thoughts.
Applicable even for present day youth:
Even though, Swami Vivekananda mainly focused on the youth of India during his days and told ‘give me 100 energetic young men and I shall change the World’. He has written and shared many inspirational quotes for youth and even though, they were written and stated for the youth of India during his period, the preaching are applicable even to the youth of the present days. This is why his birthday is still celebrated as national youth day in India.
Why is Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday celebrated as National youth day?
His birthday was chosen as the National Youth Day as it was felt that the philosophy of Swamji and the ideals for which he lived and he dedicated himself could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.
Swami Vivekananda always wanted the youth of the nation to be concentrated and he said youth ‘awake, arise and stop not till the goal is reached’. This is an excellent preaching to keep the youth motivated towards their personal goals.