Two years ago, International Yoga Day had been declared by Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi and since its inception in 2015, it has been celebrated worldwide on June 21 every year to spread awareness on the significance of practice of Yoga, meditation and promotion of global health, peace and harmony. This day is also symbolized to commemorate the togetherness and how the practice of Yoga in our daily lives can bond us together.
On this International Yoga Day, more than 180 countries are going to participate in the International Yoga Day 2017 and take this practice to another level.
From where did the idea of the International Yoga Day originate?
In his speech, on September !4 at UN General Assembly, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi addressed the practice of Yoga as an invaluable gift of the ancient tradition of India and as a holistic approach towards well-being and harmony. Yoga is a way to discover oneness with oneself, the whole world and with the nature. Hence, he proposed the idea of adopting an International Yoga Day. Mr. Modi also suggested the day to be June 21 since it is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest in the Southern Hemisphere hence it holds an utmost importance in the whole world.
The support from various nations for this proposal
A draft resolution was proposed in December 2014 which was able to gain acceptance and support of over 170 nations that co-sponsored and agreed to participate in the resolution. Even many world leaders also supported the idea.
With each passing year, the number of Nation-states participating is increasing at a high pace.
This year, more than 200 countries are expected to participate and make this International Yoga Day a global event.
Many Yoga enthusiasts from all over the world have already started with the preparations to make this event a big success.
International Yoga Day 2017 to be celebrated by the world’s most powerful and biggest countries
The United States of America
This year the United Nations Headquarters in New York were illuminated with the world ‘Yoga’ to commemorate this global event and show its participation. Well-known Bollywood Actor Mr. Anupam Kher was there in New York to inaugurate the event. The USA is also one of the major countries that would be showing its support by making its people practice the art of Yoga and find peace by moving away from the hustle and bustle of the busy lifestyle.
The people of China claim that they would be celebrating the International Yoga Day with much enthusiasm making it the biggest event and celebration in the world after India. The country officials have decided to choose certain major locations to celebrate this event including the Great Wall of China.
The fashion capital of the world, France which is known for its advanced lifestyle has also decided to switch to the traditional ancient practice of Yoga and the population of the capital city Paris would be performing various asanas in front of the iconic monument, the Eiffel Tower.
It proved out to be splendid and moving view when several citizens of Singapore and its national leaders came out and initiated the worldwide resolution of International Yoga Day 2017. The participants also included the Envoys of Cambodia and Israel. Figures say that there were more than 8,000 people who participated in 85 yoga sessions that were held at 70 centers all across the city-state.
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Japan has been known as the only country to establish a Parliamentary League for the promotion of the practice of Yoga. This had been set up by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who is the founder of the Art of Living during one of his visits to Japan.
Even countries like Pakistan participated and promoted the worldwide resolution of International Yoga Day.
The events and Yoga Shivirs are being led all over the world by Yoga trainers and Gurus who have been preaching this art and traditional practice in every country for so many years. So, on this International Yoga Day, let Yoga be a part of our life to make it healthy and peaceful!
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