The National Youth Day is observed every year on 12 January to mark the birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher, thinker and youth icon of India Swami Vivekananda.
This year is 155th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Observance of the day seeks to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked.
Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Dutta on 12 January 1863 and died on 4 July 1902.
He was chief disciple of 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramhamsa.
He was one of most prominent figures of India who introduced Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to “Western” World.
He took part at the Parliament of the World's Religion in Chicago in 1893.
He established Ramkrishna Mission on 1, May, 1897.