National Youth Day 2020: Theme, Significance, History

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National Youth Day 2020 will be celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda


National Youth Day will be celebrated on 12th January across the country to create awareness amongst the people of India and let them know about the rights in the country. The day is used to generate a positive attitude towards the people and provide them with the knowledge of how to behave in a democratic country.

National Youth Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Swami was a social reformer, thinker and philosopher. The main aim of celebrating it is to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked. He is definitely a great idol for all the youth of India.

The day is celebrated at schools and colleges, with processions, music, speeches, seminars, youth conventions, Yoga, recitation, presentation, competitions in essay-writing and sports on every 12th January. Lectures and writings of Swami Vivekananda is remembered to motivate the youth in contributing for a better India.

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History of National Youth Day

Government of India, in 1984, first declared to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as National Youth Day. Since 1985, on every 12th January, people of the country celebrate the day as the National Youth Day. The government aims to encourage people to learn about the philosophy of Swamiji. Swamiji’s philosophy could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian youth.

Theme for National Youth Day 2020

The theme set for this year is “Channelizing Youth power for nation building”. India is a country where the majority of the population is young. As per Census Data 2011, Youth (15-24 years) account to one-fifth of India’s population. It becomes very important to use the potential of youth in making the country better. The theme is about channelizing the power of youth for nation-building. Government of India wants the youth population of Indian to contribute to the progress of the country.

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