Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

India celebrates National Youth Day or ‘Yuva Diwas’ on January 12 every year. The special day marks the birth anniversary of great spiritual leader and visionary Swami Vivekananda who played an important role in shaping modern India.


The Government of India officially declared January 12 as National Youth Day in 1984. From the next year, the day has been celebrated across the country as ‘Yuva Diwas’ to inspire the youth with the teachings and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda.

Swamiji’s philosophy is a guiding force for the youth. It is a means to create a better future for the country by instilling spiritual motivation among the youth through his life and teachings. The celebration holds immense importance in disseminating Swami Vivekananda’s ideas among the youth. It helps awaken their hidden spiritual potential toward national development.


National Youth Day is not a mere date to remember Swami Vivekananda. It is a day of active participation by the youth. Schools and colleges organise parades, speeches on Swami Vivekananda, recitations, music, songs, conventions, yoga asanas, essay-writing competitions, seminars, sports, and other events. On this special day, students actively participate in lectures, debates and writings related to Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy and ideas. It is done with an aim to inspire and motivate the youth across the country. Various events are organised on the occasion to promote education, art, lifestyle, and trust among youth, inspiring their inner life.

Influence of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was one of India’s greatest spiritual leaders. Swamiji was a source of true inspiration for the youth in the country.

Swamiji always emphasised the importance of education in rebuilding society. His vision of education focused on secular learning that built character and instilled human values among the people. His ideas revolved around value-based education that could shape individuals and contribute to societal and spiritual progress.

Swamiji’s extensive travels across the globe, including his period of meditation at Kanyakumari, are immortalised by landmarks like the Vivekananda Rock. His travels and teachings aimed at creating self-belief among the youth, countering dogmas and superstitions in religion, emhasising the uniqueness of Indian culture. In his vision and teaching, Swamiji always reflected his commitment to abolishing differences of caste and creed for the progress of the nation.

As per Swamiji’s philosophy, Brahmacharya and Meditation are the master keys for unlocking the vast untapped potential within a human being.