Every year, National Youth Day is celebrated on January 12 as a tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary for his immemse contribution to India's freedom movement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary and said his great ideals and ideas will continue to guide the countrymen.
His life, patriotism, spiritualism and dedication will always inspire, Modi tweeted on the iconic spiritual figure's 160th birth anniversary.
स्वामी विवेकानंद को उनकी जयंती पर सादर नमन। उनका जीवन राष्ट्रभक्ति, आध्यात्मिकता और कर्मठता के लिए सदैव प्रेरित करता है। उनके महान विचार और आदर्श देशवासियों का मार्गदर्शन करते रहेंगे।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 12, 2023
President Droupadi Murmu also paid tributes to Swami Vivekanand, and said his teachings continue to inspire the youth to follow their dreams and achieve greater goals.
My tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary! An iconic personality who combined spirituality and patriotism, he propagated Indian values globally. His life and teachings continue to inspire youth to follow their dreams and achieve greater goals.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) January 12, 2023
Back in 1985, birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, January 12,was declared as the 'National Youth Day' by the government. All the centres of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission have been celebrating the occasion through various programmes.
Strengthening and motivating the youth of the country and convincing them to come together in an attempt to showcase their talents in various activities is the primary objective of celebrating the day. The day also talks about providing an opportunity to amateur young talents to express themselves and interact with fellow competitiors and to expand the horizon of knowledge and skills.
The theme of the National Youth festival this year is 'Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat'.
National Youth Festival 2023
Every year on this occasion, the government organises National Youth Festival in collaboration with one state willing to host from January 12 to January 16.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the National Youth Festival here on Thursday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The 26th edition of the festival, which will be held till January 16 at Hubballi-Dharwad, is being organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka.
According to officials, the festival is held every year to provide exposure to talented youth at the national level, along with galvanising them towards nation building.
It brings diverse cultures from all parts of the country on a common platform and unites the participants in the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat', they said, adding that the theme of this year's festival is 'Viksit Yuva - Viksit Bharat'.
Modi will inaugurate the festival at 4 pm at Railway Sports Ground here, which will be attended by Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi, Anurag Singh Thakur among others. The PM is scheduled to leave for New Delhi after the inaugural event.
More than 30,000 youth are expected to attend the inaugural function where the Prime Minister will share his vision with them.
During the five-day event, over 7,500 youth delegates from all over India get together to engage in different learning activities. representatives about how to facilitate student-centric governance.
Adventure sports activities like scuba diving are included.According to an official release, the 26th National Youth Festival will be celebrated as Green Youth Festival where only reusable cutlery, napkins etc will be used. Apart from that, all the mementos, medals and stationery will also be of reusable material.
Many events in the festival will be live-streamed across the nation so that crores of young people can also be engaged with the entire festival" it added.
(With PTI Inputs)