“Arise, Awake, and stop not till the goal is reached”
National Youth Day is celebrated on the 12th of January every year marking the birth anniversary of the great thinker and philosopher, Swami Vivekananda.
Swami Vivekananda was a major force in contemporary Hindu reform movements and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda became a popular figure after the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He was so impactful at the Parliament that an American newspaper described him as: “an orator by divine right”
Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration for youth all over the world. Thus, the Government of India decided in 1984 to celebrate the birthday of the f great Swami Vivekananda i.e. 12 January as National Youth Day every year. The Government of India quoted that ‘the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth Day.’
National Youth Day is observed all over India at schools and colleges with huge celebrations including processions, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, presentations,competitions in essay-writing, recitation, and sports.
Here are some lessons of Swami Vivekananda,