Sunday, January 12, 2020

National Youth Day (NMH)

I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.
 - Swami Vivekananda, Chicago, 11 September 1893 [full text]

January 12th is National Youth Day in India, and for all the homework I've done (about 30-minutes) I can't find any reassuringly definitive answer to why they call it "Youth Day." It doesn't seem to be an Engrish-type translation error, the Swami doesn't seem to have targeted youths or youth rights in his movement. Given the lack of evidence that I can find, I suspect it's a cultural reference (similar to Chaucer's Dunmow allusion) that I simply haven't invested the time to understand.

January 12, 1863 was Swami Vivekananda's birthday, and the day is also referred to as such (that one feels far more intuitive, "Swami Vivekananda Day" as opposed to "National Youth Day").

You can find more about National Youth Day on Wikipedia, and learn more about holidays I don't celebrate here.