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January 12th: National Youth Day in India – Significance

National Youth Day or Yuwa Diwas is celebrated to honour Swami Vivekananda and his ideals.

Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest leaders of India and a strong believer of youth power, is celebrated worldwide. His birth Anniversary, 12th January, is celebrated as the National Youth Day to honour him. This day is also known as Yuwa Divas is Hindi. The day is an opportunity for the youth to understand the value of their contribution to the development of India. 

History and Significance

In 1984, the Government of India decided to recognize Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day or Yuwa Divas. The motive of the government behind declaring this day was to inspire the youth of the nation with the ideals and philosophy of Swamiji. 

January 12th: National Youth Day in India - Significance - Digpu

Swamiji always focused on harnessing the potential of the youth. He aimed at inspiring the youth to counter the British and attain Independence. He used education and peace as his weapons to fight the British. He was seen as the ‘Nationalist Saint’ who wanted the Youth to fight for their freedom and achieve anything they wished for. 


The celebrations of this day take place at various centres of Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission and their branches with great enthusiasm. There are schools and colleges across the country who celebrate by conducting competitions, seminars, etc. Many clubs also conduct blood donation camps on this day.

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