On September 27, 2014, in at the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) current Prime Minister of India said, “”Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. 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. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” After his proposal, UNGA announced June 21st as the International Yoga Day and was conducted with huge enthusiasm and zeal for the first time in 2015. Since then International Yoga Day is annually celebrated on June 21st. In 2015, the Indian NCC candidates recorded their name in the Limca Book of Records for Largest Yoga performance simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organisation. After a year of that, India is all geared up for the celebration of International yoga Day 2016.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that over one lakh events have been planned throughout the country to celebrate the second International Yoga Day. International Yoga Day 2016 will be celebrated on Tuesday 21st June 2016 and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) in collaboration with other such social organisations will perform yoga and will conduct 1,00,260 yoga programmes at different universities, colleges and other centres throughout the country.
Announcing this at a press conference , Singh said that the “Department of Youth Affairs and all the affiliated youth wings have perhaps, for the first time, undertaken such a grand initiative to engage largest possible sections of population across the length and breadth of India, on a single day for a single theme”. Singh further added, “International Yoga Day is not only an occasion for all of us to remind ourselves of the need for the well being of mind and body, but also to celebrate the world’s acknowledgement of the time-tested Indian tradition.”
Watch here the preparations going for the mega celebration of International Yoga Day 2016 in the city beautiful Chandigarh where PM modi will be present himself along with various other ministers and dignitaries.
Video Courtesy: Indian Express