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National Youth Day 2023: Know the History, Theme and Significance of Yuva Diwas in India

Every year on January 12, India celebrates National Youth Day, popularly known as Yuva Diwas.

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Swami Vivekananda

The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, one of India's most prominent philosophers and visionaries, and is known as the Yuva Diwas to honor his contributions to Indian society. This is partly because he was one of the most famous leaders of his day in terms of influencing India's youth. 

History of National Youth Day

In 1985, the Government of India announced Swami Vivekananda's birthday to be the National Youth Day of India. This has been done largely to inspire the youngsters of India to follow the example of Swami Vivekananda, which would ultimately contribute to the nation's success. 

Swami Vivekananda was born in 1863, and he continues to inspire thousands of Indian youths to this day. 

In fact, one of his most powerful messages to the youngsters was, "What I want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel, inside which resides a mind of the same material as that of the thunderbolt." 

In addition, 'The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda,' a comprehensive book including all of Swami Vivekananda's teachings, is given in sections and acts as a motivation for adolescents to identify their potential and work hard. 

National Youth Day 2023 Theme 

The theme of National Youth Day 2023 is "Viksit Yuva-Viksit Bharat."

Significance of National Youth Day

Every year, rallies, speeches, music, youth conventions, seminars, Yogasanas, presentations, essay-writing, recitations, and sports are held at schools and universities across India. However, owing to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and school closures, the majority of the activities will be held virtually. 

In addition, a National Youth Festival is held in India, when individuals from all across the country participate in different cultural and educational activities to promote national unity and peace. 

National Youth Day Festival 2023

The National Youth Festival will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Karnataka. The festival, which is organized by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports together with the Government of Karnataka will be held from 12 to 16 January, 2023 at Hubballi- Dharwad.

The objective behind the National Youth Festival is to bring the youth together for 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat'. The festival will hold discussions on themes from G20 & Y20 events. 

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