June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day. It has been declared by the United Nation via its resolution no 69\131.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays an important role in celebration of the day.
Addressing the 69th session of UN German Assembly on September 27, 2014, he urged the whole world to adopt an International Yoga Day.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day,” said Narendra Modi during a speech at the 69 session of United Nations General Assembly.
On December 11, 2014, the 193 member United Nations General Assembly passed the resolution to establish 21st June as International Day of Yoga.
The main motto of celebrating International Yoga Day is to create awareness about the benefits of Yoga.
Yoga is both physical and mental exercise. The logo says, Yoga is for harmony and peace.
Yoga is a gift of ancient Indian tradition. It existed in ancient India in different places in different forms. To achieve a peaceful body and mind, to explore harmony between man and nature, Yoga is a very beneficial physical and mental discipline.
International Yoga Day was first celebrated in June 21, 2015 at Rajpath of New Delhi. Celebrating Yoga Day three years in a row, this year the main event is held in Ranchi and the theme is climate change.
Here the question arises, what is the significance of 21st June? It is the longest day of summer. Sun rays fall directly on either or both the two tropical latitude lines. So these changes bring a significant impact and that’s why it is said that this transition period is good to practice Yoga. Now it is seen that Yoga Day is celebrated with a lot of fervour. It is creating a positive impact which is a good sign for the world community.