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International Yoga Day 2024: From Times Square To Patong Beach, The World Celebrates Yoga

This year marks the 10th International Day of Yoga with the theme “Yoga for Self and Society.” Here’s how it is being celebrated globally

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International Yoga Day 2024: From Times Square To Patong Beach, The World Celebrates Yoga
International Yoga Day 2024 theme: Yoga for Self and Society

New Delhi: It is a watershed year on the Yoga calendar – ten years since the world made this form of exercise official. The fan following has only grown with every passing year, across the world. 2024 is no different.

The official X (formerly known as Twitter) account of the Consulate General of India in New York made a post sharing photos of the International Yoga Day 2024 celebrations at Times Square. The post read, “The day-long celebration of Solstice at @TimesSquareNYC featured seven yoga sessions, in which about 10,000 people from across nationalities participated, showcasing the widespread enthusiasm for yoga in the city (sic).”

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Despite rain, the Indian Embassy in Tokyo marked the 10th International Day of Yoga at Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple. The event saw an overwhelming participation from Japanese Leadership, diplomats, and Yoga enthusiasts. In pictures, people are seen holding an umbrella and practicing yoga.

Indian High Commission to New Zealand celebrated the day on a large scale with students, the United Nations Association New Zealand, Indian community members, Kiwi friends and representatives of various Yoga Institutes.

The embassy posted, “Yoga has indeed become a global movement with a positive impact on many lives.”

Also Read: Norway’s Envoy Calls Yoga India’s “Greatest Gift” To The World

Indian Embassy in Thailand too joined the celebrations with several universities and institutions hosting yoga events. Following the theme of ‘yoga for self and society’, the embassy co-organized a yoga event with Indians living in Thailand at the famous Patong Beach in Phuket. The participants engaged in a beach cleaning activity, following a yoga session.

Students and faculty members of Siam University and Satit Rangsit School in Thailand also took part in the celebrations.

Also Read: Yoga Day Celebrates Timeless Practice Of Oneness, Harmony: PM Narendra Modi

The Indian High Commission in Malaysia commemorated the day with over 1,200 people. The yoga enthusiasts gathered at the Batu Caves Complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to mark the day.

The Embassy of India in Nepal on Thursday (June 20) organised yoga demonstrations at three iconic landmarks of Pokhara, the tourism capital of the country. This includes Sarangkot temple and viewing point which offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range; Pumdikot Shiva Temple; World Peace Pagoda.

Today’s mega celebration at the Pokhara Rangshala Stadium witnessed a turn-out of over 5000 yoga practitioners.

How are you celebrating the International Day of Yoga? Tell us in the comments!

Also Read: Indian Embassy Organises Yoga Demonstration In Pokhara Ahead Of International Day Of Yoga

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