When is International Yoga Day?
21 June is reserved as an International Yoga Day and is celebrated world-wide. On December, 2014, the United Nations declared 21 June as the International Yoga Day.
It was Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India who suggested United Nations to reserve a day in the name of Yoga owing to its benefits towards health and mankind.
Few of the excerpts of the speech given by the Prime Minister on 27 September, 2014 in the UN General Assembly, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well-being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
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Yoga and Religion
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that claims to cure many dreadful diseases also which are thought to be non-treatable in allopathy. Owing to its benefits and popularity, total 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution.
Yoga is not confined to any particular religion as it supports all the people of all the religions. People have misconception that this is specific to Hinduism but this is not the case as it’s an ancient practice and has been into practice since last many thousands of years.
International Yoga Day, 2017
The third edition of International Yoga Day is going to take place in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narender Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath will participate in the event to make it successful.
The Chief Minister himself inspected the event ground to check the preparation and did some rehearsals also on Monday, 20 June.
International Yoga Day, 2016
The second edition of International Yoga Day was held in Chandigarh with over 30,000 participants gathered on the ground. The Prime Minister Narender Modi also participated and performed yoga in the event and it was a successful one.
The Ministry of Health, AYUSH issued a letter in 2016 to all the departments of government stating that the “the government of India has decided to take forward the momentum created by International Yoga Day, 2015 with greater and more active participation of Youth during the current year celebrations.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi attended “The National Event of Mass Yoga Demonstration” at Chandigarh along with a lot of other yoga followers.
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21 June 2016, was the second anniversary of International Yoga Day. On December, 2014, the United Nations declared 21 June as the International Yoga Day. The idea of reserving a day in a year in the name of yoga was of Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi who insisted to adopt this day as yoga day, in his speech in UNGA.