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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA - 21ST JUNE

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA - 21ST JUNE

Marking the seventh International Yoga Day in 2021, this day is being celebrated today, 21st June 2021.

About the Day:

  • It has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.
  • The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in his UN address in 2014, had suggested the date of 21st June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.

What is Yoga:

  • It is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.

How is This Day being Celebrated This Year?

  • The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, launched a mYoga app in collaboration with WHO that will be available worldwide.
  • The mYoga app will have yoga training videos in different languages for people across the world.
  • The Ministry of Culture also celebrated the International Day of Yoga at 75 cultural heritage locations across the country.
  • Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, performed yoga at Delhi’s Red Fort on June 21.
  • Other senior officials conducted yoga camps at various monuments and forts, including the Agra Fort, Shanti Stupa in Ladakh, Ellora Caves in Maharashtra and Nalanda in Bihar.

Theme 2021:

  • ‘Yoga For Wellness’ - focuses on practising Yoga for physical and mental wellbeing.

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