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26th National Youth Festival Inauguration

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.