In 1984, the Government of India declared that National Youth Day would be celebrated every year on 12 January, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. National Youth Day is celebrated to focus on the development and protection of youth in society. The Government announced, “The philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for Indian Youth Day.”
Youth are the backbone of any nation. They are the pillars of strength that contribute to national growth. National Youth Day is observed all over India in schools and colleges with processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, presentations, competitions, recitations and sports. Swami Vivekananda’s writings and speeches are presented by youngsters to motivate and encourage themselves. The day is observed to inspire young people to follow in Swami Vivekananda’s footsteps and adopt his ideals and way of life. It is an excellent method to reawaken the inexhaustible vitality of youngsters while also advancing the development of the nation. The final aim is to have a country full of responsible youngsters.
Joe Eruppakkatt, a former editor for ST PAULS Publications and The Teenager Today, has been actively involved in the field of print media in India, the U.S., Great Britain and Nigeria. He is currently working for ST PAULS, New Delhi.