National Youth Day - January 12

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What is National Youth Day?

In commemoration of Swami Vivekananda, an advocate of peace and social justice in India, the National Youth Day honors his birthday on January 12. A leader who strongly believes in the power of the youth as movers of society, Vivekanada serves as an inspiration to the youth. Vivekananda’s influence also resides in his teachings of the spiritual ways of Hinduism which can be used as a basis for the way of life of the youth.

Closely approaching as well, World Youth Day 2019, is an official holiday that holds a similar theme with National Youth Day. Although both celebrations place a spotlight on having unwavering faith in the youth, World Youth Day is not only a holiday but an actual event for people from the Catholic community to interact with one another and to honor God. On the other hand, the main purpose of National Youth Day is to be reminded of the importance of educating and empowering the youth through the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

How to celebrate National Youth Day?

Getting involved in Youth Day doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a devoted follower of Hinduism. Unlike World Youth Day, which consists mostly of the Catholic community, anyone can look into the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda in the comforts of their homes. For the youth specifically, one can seek what they believe is true from what they learn from his teachings and apply it in their lives. Although Vivekananda holds high expectations for the youth, it doesn’t necessarily mean that one has to make a groundbreaking change to uphold this national day. Being an active member of society, and most importantly as a youth, being an active student who gets involved in extracurricular activities and events is more than enough to further the advocacy of the upcoming National Youth Day.

3 Inspirational Teachings of Swami Vivekananda

To get more ideas on how to celebrate Youth Day, Vivekananda’s teachings might be able to pique your interest.

1. The Power of the Mind 

Vivekananda is a strong believer that thoughts manifest to reality in which if one were to believe that they are a specific character trait, then they will become whoever and whatever they deem themselves to be. This notion is one reason as to why Vivekananda wants to empower the youth— to give them the chance to have a positive self-image.

2. The Evasion of Ignorance

To create a solution for the suffering around the world, Vivekananda urges those who are privileged with the chance to live an educated life to use this to help others. He reminds us that ignorance is not the way, most especially when there are people who are in dire need of help from those who have power.  

3. The 3 Ps of Success

Despite the varying definition of success from one individual to another, Vivekananda preaches that having the intention of purity, patience, and perseverance are three traits that will lead to inevitable success— along with love.

Quotes to live by on National Youth Day

“Feel that you are great and you become great.”

“Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.”

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”

“It is best to work among the youth in whom lies our hope — patiently, steadily, and without noise.”

“My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers.”

~Swami Vivekananda

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