The 19th National Youth Festival has begun in Guwahati (Assam) with the theme Youth for Clean, Green and Progressive India. The main aim of this festival is to spread national integration and harmony. The five-day long Youth Festival coincides with the 152nd birth anniversary (January 12) of the True Spiritual Leader of India, Swami Vivekananda.
Citizens from all the states are participating in this festival. Different competitions, exhibitions, cultural programs, and seminars will be held during the festival. More than 5000 delegates are expected to attend this five-day festival.
A mascot named Baandav performing the Sattriya dance has been designed. The National Youth Festival is organized every year by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.