The following centres organized various programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. (Main programmes conducted by them are given against their names.)
In India: Belgaum: Convention for school students on 2 December (about 200 students of Class X participated), youth convention on 3 December (nearly 1100 students from pre-university and degree colleges took part), and devotees’ convention on 4 December (about 500 devotees participated);
Chandigarh: Guided meditation and two lectures on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda on 15 December, which were attended by about 300 students of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh;
Coimbatore Math: Cultural competitions from 30 November to 3 December in which about 300 students participated;
Coimbatore Mission: Interschool science exhibition on 10 and 11 November in which 40 schools participated and about 150 exhibits and working models were exhibited; a three-day state-level residential youth convention from 2 to 4 December in which about 1100 delegates participated;
Delhi: Two musical programmes on 4 December;
Lucknow: Zonal-level competitions in quiz, elocution and essay-writing on 18 December;
Madurai: Installing at the railway stations of Tiruchirapalli, Kumbakonam and Mayiladuthurai (earlier known as Mayavaram), on 15 December, pictures of Swami Vivekananda and brass plaques inscribing write-ups about the receptions given to him at the respective railway stations in February 1897;
Mumbai: A medical seminar on 3 December in which about 200 eminent doctors of the city participated;
Nagpur: Interschool group singing competition in which 873 students of 52 schools participated;
Pune: District-level youth conventions in the districts of Buldhana (27 November), Akola (30 November), Kolhapur (4 December) and Satara (11 December). In all, about 2000 youths attended the programmes.
Salem: Launching of a mobile bookstall on 17 December;
Vadodara: Public meeting presided over by Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission; seminars on value education in which about 1400 students and 100 teachers participated; seminar on management and leadership in which about 100 executives of a company took part;
Visakhapatnam: Youth convention and citizen’s meet on 20 December in which respectively about 4000 and 250 persons participated.
Outside India: Hollywood (USA): Two Spanish publications on Swami Vivekananda: ‘Vedanta: Voice of Freedom’ and ‘The Master as I saw Him’; inauguration of a Bhajan group and a Vedic Chanting group in Hollywood; Retreats in San Diego on 9 April and 4 & 5 June; Talks in different places in and outside USA by the monastic members of the centre.