Every 12 January is Swami Vivekananda Jayanti in West Bengal to celebrate the life of this man who had his greatest influence in the 1890’s. The date also marks National Youth Day across the country.
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Swami Vivekananda represented India and Hinduism at the 1893 World Parliament of Religions, and it was at that time and following that he became an inspiration to much of India’s youth and had a great influence on the West and other parts of the world. The date of the holiday honouring Vivekananda is the swami’s birthday.
On National Youth Day, special events are held all over the India, especially at educational institutions. You will see parades, speeches, musical performances, sports matches, and writing competitions, among other things. There are also special youth groups that are devoted to studying the writings and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda that will hold events in his honour on this day. Finally, look for the annual National Youth Festival to pay homage to the swami’s legacy.
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti is a day to remember and learn from the man who did more than any other to spread the ideas of Hinduism, especially among the world’s youth.