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Days Ahead Of International Yoga Day, Celebrations Begin; UN Officials Look Forward To Doing Yoga With PM Modi

International Yoga Day 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the yoga day celebrations from the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, USA

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Days Ahead Of International Yoga Day, Celebrations Begin; UN Officials Look Forward To Doing Yoga With PM Modi
International Yoga Day 2023: The theme is “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”

New Delhi: International Day of Yoga, marked annually on June 21, will be celebrated this year with the theme of “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the yoga day celebrations from the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, USA. The National celebration of International Day of Yoga 2023 will be led by Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. Interestingly, PM Modi first proposed the draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga. In his address, during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly in 2014, PM Modi said,

Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action … a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.

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Addressing the curtain raiser press conference on Saturday (June 17), Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal said,

As we move closer to the International Day of Yoga, we are taking the celebration of Yoga, one of the greatest gifts of India’s rich heritage to humanity, to another level this year.

Lauding PM Modi for introducing yoga to the world in the form of annual commemoration, Mr Sonowal said,

It has been nine years since UN recognised Yoga day celebration for June 21 after a passionate attempt by PM Narendra Modi convinced member states of the world to join in this wonderful celebration of positive mind and body. As PM Narendra Modi celebrates this year’s Yoga day by leading the global celebration of IDY from the United Nations, this is perfect tribute to this year’s motto Yoga for ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

Further talking about this year’s theme, Mr Sonowal said,

It aptly describes our aspiration for – ‘One Earth One Family One Future’. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has been the guiding light for the Indian heritage since time immemorial and our ethos and socio-cultural fabric are woven around it. I sincerely hope through practice of Yoga the global community is able to find solutions to various current health challenges.

Mr Sonowal opines that participation from 25 crore people is expected during this year’s International Yoga Day celebration.

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Yoga Mahotsav

On Saturday (June 17), Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakashi Lekhi hosted Yoga Mahotsav for the Diplomatic Corps and officials at the Lotus Temple. Sharing the pictures from the event on social media, Ms Lekhi wrte, “As lotus in G20 India logo represents the coming together of the 7 seas and continents, Yoga as our most cherished cultural heritage is a gift to the world towards the global cause of health and wellness.”

Ms Lekhi said,

The message of Yoga is to rise above everything and to be able to spread the message of peace and prosperity.

2-Days To Go For International Yoga Day

Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, took to social media to share her excitement for the upcoming International Day of Yoga. She said she is looking forward to participating in the ninth International Day of Yoga celebrations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UNHQ North Lawn next week.

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Earlier Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) too expressed similar interest.

On June 13, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Shombi Sharp said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leading the session of Yoga at the United Nations Secretariat in New York on June 21 this year.

The Yoga session will run from 8 am-9 am on June 21 at the expansive North Lawn in the UN Headquarters, where a bust of Mahatma Gandhi, a gift from India to the UN, was installed in December last year during the country’s Presidency of the UN Security Council.

The United Nations Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance in a tweet called on people to join the 9th International Yoga Day celebrations and described the initiative by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations as “awesome.”

The UN recognises Yoga as an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Also Read: PM Modi To Lead Yoga Session At UN Secretariat On June 21: UN Resident Coordinator Shombi Sharp

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