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June 10, 2023

International Yoga Day on June 21, 2023

International Yoga Day: Celebrations, Publicity, and Organizing Agencies

History and Significance of International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world. The UN adopted the draft resolution, entitled 'Day of Yoga', in 2014. The first International Day of Yoga was observed around the world on June 21, 2015, with the aim of having yoga recognized as India's cultural property.
Common Ways of Celebrating International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is celebrated by organizing mass yoga sessions, workshops, and seminars in various cities across the globe. In India, the Ministry of AYUSH makes necessary arrangements for the event. The first International Day of Yoga saw 35,985 people, including PM Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performing 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi. Similar events have been held in cities in India and around the world each year since then.

Major Channels for Publicizing International Yoga Day

The major channels used to publicize International Yoga Day include the United Nations General Assembly, Reserve Bank of India, UN Postal Administration, and the Ministry of AYUSH. These channels have been instrumental in promoting the event and spreading awareness about the benefits of yoga. The Reserve Bank of India issued a commemorative coin to mark the occasion, while the UN Postal Administration issued stamps featuring asanas. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the draft resolution for the Day of Yoga, which has helped to raise awareness about the event on a global scale.

Special Agencies and Organizations for International Yoga Day

The Ministry of AYUSH in India plays a significant role in organizing and promoting International Yoga Day events. Additionally, various yoga institutions, non-governmental organizations, and community groups around the world collaborate to organize events and spread awareness about the benefits of yoga. These organizations often partner with local governments and educational institutions to host yoga sessions, workshops, and seminars.

Participants are encouraged to practice yoga at home and share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #InternationalYogaDay. Some organizations may also host live-streamed yoga sessions, workshops, and seminars to engage with the global yoga community.

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