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National Youth Day 2022: Know the History, Theme and Significance of Yuva Diwas

Shivani Meena
Shivani Meena
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. 


The theme of National Youth Day is changed each year by the Government of India in response to current and pertinent events in the country. The theme for 2022 has yet to be revealed by the government. 

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 2020 Celebration 

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry by video conferencing.  

Following Modi's inauguration, the National Youth Summit will take place, with panel discussions on four themes: environment, climate, and sustainable development goals(SDG) led growth; technology, entrepreneurship and innovation; indigenous and ancient wisdom; and national character, nation-building, and homegrown.  

During the festival, participants will also watch recorded video capsules of AurovillePuducherry, Immersive City Experience , and indigenous sport and traditional games. Following that, there will be open discussions with Olympians and Paralympians, as well as a live performance this evening. Meanwhile, a virtual yoga session will be held in the morning.  

Modi will unveil selected essays on "Mere Sapno ka Bharat" and "Unsung Heroes of the Indian Freedom Movement" at the opening ceremony. The selection took place from more than 1 lakh submissions by Indian youth on the two above-mentioned themes.  

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