12th January is celebrated as “NATIONAL YOUTH DAY” because, on this day in 1863, The Great Philosopher, the Great Inspiration of the Youth, The Embodiment of Indian Culture and Intelligence, Swami Vivekananda, the Great Spiritual Leader was born. He stands as a Universal Icon of Youth for generations.
In the year 1984, the Government of India proclaimed that Swami Vivekananda’s birthday should be observed as “NATIONAL YOUTH DAY” from the year 1985 onwards. In the proclamation, The Government Of India mentioned that the allusion, the attitude of Swamiji and the principles that he stayed alive and worked could be an enormous source of appreciation and inspiration for the Indian Youth. Swamiji’s profound messages to the youth have been captured in various published books and unpublished manuscripts.