25th National Youth Festival

25th National Youth Festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Puducherry on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Highlights of PM’s address

  • On the occasion, prime minister highlighted that; world looks at India’s young demography with hope & faith and India is young in its thoughts & consciousness.
  • India’s thinking and philosophy have always accepted change.
  • Youth have democratic values as well as demographic dividend and India considers the youth as a demographic dividend and development driver.

About Youth Festival 2022

  • The festival will be held on January 12 and 13, in virtual mode because of covid-19 pandemic.
  • Youth festival is being organised with the aim of shaping the minds of Indian youth and transforming them into “united force for nation building”.
  • It also aims to bring diverse Indian cultures and integrate them into a united thread of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
  • During the festival, participants will see recorded video capsules of Puducherry, Auroville, Immersive City Experience, folk games and indigenous sport games.

National Youth Summit

After the inauguration of the youth festival, “National Youth Summit” also took place. During the summit, panel discussions on four themes:

  1. Environment, climate & sustainable development goals (SDG) led growth
  2. Technology, entrepreneurship and innovation
  3. Indigenous and ancient wisdom
  4. national character, nation building and home grown.

National Youth Festival

National Youth Festival is an annual gathering of youth in India, with various activities. It is celebrated every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It is it is organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, is association with one of the State Governments. Thus, the festival is held in different state each year during National Youth Week, that is January 12 to 16.

About Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda’s birthday falls on January 12 and is always celebrated as National Youth Day. His original name was Narendranath Datta. He was an Indian Hindu monk, a philosopher and the chief disciple of 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.

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