What is International Day of Yoga
- United Nations declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga (IDY) on December 11, 2014 after the initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his UN General Assembly address dated on September 27, 2014.
- More than 177 countries supported International Day of Yoga whereas 175 countries are co-sponsoring the resolution, which is the highest number of co-sponsor in any United National General Assembly resolutions of this kind.
- It was the Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who first supported Mr. Modi for his unique proposal.
- The initiative has been proposed and implemented by any country in the UN body in less than 90 days, which is also the first time in the history of UN General Assembly.
- International Yoga Day is being celebrated on June 21st, which is the Summer Solstice, the longest day in many parts of the world with special significance.
- It is also called Yoga Day, World Yoga Day, UN International Yoga Day.
- Now onward, it will be an annual feature and will be related to World Heath Day.
- Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Govt. of India is the nodal agency to coordinate different activities related with International Yoga Day.
- The Logo of IDY reflects harmony and peace for humanity, which is the essence of Yoga.
- More than 100 cities in United States of America will host a ‘Yogathon’ on International Yoga Day