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Hyderabad decked up for National Youth Day

Hyderabad decked up for National Youth Day
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The excitement is palpable and youth across the city are gearing up to take part in the celebrations that will be held at various venues onJanuary 12, which is celebrated as National Youth Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Department of Youth Services launches week-long celebrations

The excitement is palpable and youth across the city are gearing up to take part in the celebrations that will be held at various venues onJanuary 12, which is celebrated as National Youth Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

The day was dedicated to Swami Vivekananda in 1984 and is being celebrated with a nationalistic fervour ever since. In Hyderabad, the major thrust comes from the Ramakrishna Math and its various missions and centre housed across the twin cities. The day sees all the traditions associated with Indian festivities-mangal haarati, homa, devotional songs, meditation and religious discourses.

The National Youth Day is observed at all schools and colleges across the country, with processions, speeches, recitations, music, youth conventions, seminars, yogasanas, presentations, competitions in essay writing, recitations and sports. Swami Vivekananda's lectures and writings, deriving their inspiration from Indian spiritual tradition and the broad outlook of his master Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, are the source of inspiration and have motivated numerous youth organizations, study circles and service projects involving the youth.

The Ramakrishna Math conducted a two-day youth convention themed ‘Sraddha’ on January 8 and 9, where the speakers, Vanita Datla and Dr G Sateesh Reddy, extolled about the virtues of inner-strength, fearlessness, sacrifice, character, evolving excellence and respecting fellow-beings, which were the ones that were called upon by Swamiji during myriad interactions with the youth.

The BJP’s youth wing Yuva Morcha is planning a plethora of activities to mark the day. However, this time around, it is the Department of Youth Services that has decided to have week-long celebrations. “Our celebrations will continue till January 18. Besides conducting daily competitions, we have invited distinguished speakers to deliver lectures on various youth-related issues. These celebrations will be held at Agri Bhavan, near Exhibition grounds,” informs K Satyanarayana, youth services officer.

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