June 21, 2021 – (TDI): Every year on 21st June United Nations celebrates International Yoga day.
The day was adopted by the United Nations when in 2014 in a speech at the UN general assembly Indian prime minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of celebrating the day by calling yoga an invaluable gift and the harmony between man and nature.
The initiative of the Indian prime minister was supported by almost 177 nations. Thus since 21st June 2015 international yoga day is celebrated. The Indian prime minister proposed 21st June as the date to celebrate yoga day because 21st June is the longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice, and is also considered fortunate in many cultures.
In simple words, Yoga is a form of exercise that leads to strength, calmness, and flexibility in the body, originated in India it has a very close link with Indian culture and society. Yoga is a form of exercise that consists mostly of postures linked together by flowing movements, occasionally with breathing exercises, and typically concluding with relaxation or meditation.
This year the theme for yoga day ‘yoga for wellbeing’. The theme is selected while keeping in mind the society that is suffering and recovering from COVID impacts. The Coronavirus has left people with many physical as well as psychological sufferings. Yoga aims at bringing in physical as well as mental harmony, thus this year the day is being observed under the idea of how the practice of Yoga can help everyone’s overall health.
A virtual event is also arranged by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations to celebrate the yoga day. The President of the United Nations General Assembly and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations will speak on the event that will be followed by demonstrations of yoga exercises by the participants.
The High Commission of India in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has already celebrated the occasion yesterday.