26th National Youth Festival:
Prime Minister of India will inaugurate the 26th National Youth Festival in Hubballi, Karnataka on 12 January 2023.
- The National Youth Festival is being held on National Youth Day, which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, to honour and cherish his ideals, teachings, and contributions.
- Since 1985, the Indian Government is celebrating the birthday of Swami Vivekananda as National Youth Day.
Key facts about National Youth Festival 2023
- Theme of the festival 2023: Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat.
- Adventure sports activities like scuba diving are included. Exhibitions of traditional sports like Kalaripayatu (Kerala), Silambam (Tamil Nadu), Gatka (Punjab), and Mallakhamb (Maharashtra) are being organized.
- Competitive cultural events like folk dance and folk song are organized where troupes from different states participate.
- Interesting non-competitive events include the social development fair ‘Yuva Kriti’. ‘Adventure Festival’, ‘Suvichar’, ‘Young artists camp’ among others.
- Many events in the festival will be live-streamed across the nation so that crores of young people can also be engaged with the entire festival.
- This year the festival is being celebrated as Green Youth Festival where only reusable cutlery, napkins etc are being used.