Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary observed as National Youth Day

Posted on:12 Jan 2017 09:26:37
Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary observed as National Youth Day
12 January 2017 Current Affairs: National Youth Day was observed on 12 January 2016 to mark the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The day is observed with an aim to recognise the ideals and teachings of Vivekananda and project him as a role model for the Indian youth.

In 1984, the Union Government declared that 12 January, i.e. the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda will be observed as the National Youth Day. His birthday has been celebrated as the National Youth Day since 12 January 1985.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet said, “We offer salutations to the great Swami Vivekananda & remember his powerful thoughts & ideals that continue shaping the minds of generations’.

Swami Vivekananda : He was an Indian monk and a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian spiritualist Ramakrishna.He is India’s foremost social reformer, thinker and philosopher.

As a representative of India, he introduced the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.

He is also credited with raising interfaith awareness and providing recognition to Hinduism among other major religion of the world.

He is also considered as a source of inspiration that created a concept of nationalism in colonial India.He was the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission.

He is recognised in the world mainly due to his speech at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893 where he introduced Hinduism to the world. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began, "Sisters and brothers of America.

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