International Day of Yoga, or commonly and unofficially referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014, almost unanimously. Yoga is a physical, mental, and/ or spiritual practice attributed mostly to India.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN Address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.
In the photograph (above) on June 21, 2015, thousands of participants perform yoga on Rajpath in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the first International Yoga Day as a “new era of peace”, moments before he surprised thousands in New Delhi by taking to a mat himself to celebrate the ancient Indian practice.
In India – The ministry organized an event titled “The National Event of Mass Yoga Demonstration” at Chandigarh, which was attended by the Indian Prime Minister. It was celebrated through out the country with great enthusiasm and charm.
India’s Permanent Mission to the UN organized celebrations at the United Nations on June 20 and 21. A special event titled “Conversation with Yoga Masters – Yoga for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” was the centerpiece. Sadhguru was the main speaker at the event.
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