India has been celebrating the 7th International Day of Yoga with much vigour and zeal, from awareness campaigns to launching mYoga app, cultural programs, and more. International Day of Yoga started being observed after the United Nations General Assembly recognized June 21 as the International Day of Yoga at the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 via a unanimous vote.
While the celebrations continue at home, this is how the world paid tribute to India’s heritage.
Yoga at Times Square, New York
To mark the 7th International Day of Yoga, people gathered at Times Square, New York, USA for an in-person yoga session. The Times Square Twitter handle wrote, “Thanks to all the yogis who showed up to celebrate the Solstice today! We’re so grateful to have had you back in Times Square in person, from sunrise to sunset, under bright skies and cloudy ones. We can’t wait to see you next year for the 20th Solstice TSq.”
Prime Minister of Bhutan sends a message
Bhutan Prime Minister, Lotay Tshering, in recognition of the day, sent his best wishes to India. In a social media post, the Bhutan PM stressed the importance of Yoga on health. He wrote, “To be observing the day that reinforces the importance of health, not just physical but emotional and mental as well, replenishes our spirit during such stressful times.
Personally, it is also more meaningful for the fact that I am greeting you all on the International Day of Yoga from a quarantine facility, as I go through the mandatory process of screening for COVID-19.”
“Here, I would like to thank our friends at the Indian Embassy for initiating numerous programs and engaging young Bhutanese in Yoga practice. It adds to our efforts of creating awareness on the importance of healthy living,” he further added.
The Bhutan PM also extended his gratitude to PM Narendra Modi, writing, “Finally, the day always reminds me of its proponent, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose passion for human wellbeing pushed him to propose this ancient tradition on international calendar. Just as his initiative has inculcated healthy habits among people across the globe, I wish him and the people of India as much good health and inner peace.”
Yoga around the world
Several countries around the world celebrated the 7th International Day of Yoga, including Indonesia, Spain, Japan and more.
“7th International Day Of Yoga celebrated in Bali, Indonesia in collaboration with ITDC at Nusa Dharma Island,” shared Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.
“From Japan to Niger to Spain to the U.S., the globe celebrates the 7th International Day Of Yoga,” Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi shared on social media.
Yoga is India’s gift to the world. In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, PM Narendra Modi had rightly said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. 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.”