Chandigarh: Union Minister for Food Processing, Harsimrat Badal was among the thousands of enthusiasts who performed yoga at a session in a Punjab town on Sunday, to mark International Yoga Day.
Badal, along with state Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, were present at the state-level function in Fazilka town, while state cabinet ministers were among those who attended the second state-level function in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar.
In both the towns, thousands of locals, NCC cadets and government officials joined yoga sessions.
Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal on Saturday, took a dig at the opposition Congress for giving a political colour to International Yoga Day.
“The event should not be given any political or religious colour,” he said in Amritsar. (IANS)
June 21, 2017: Thousands of people of different nationalities took part in various events organized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the eve of the International Yoga Day.
The third International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 but the events in the UAE were held a day earlier.
There were multiple venues across the UAE for the day. As the sun set down, participants trooped to the main venues in Dubai such as Burj Park, Zabeel Park and Burhani Complex in Al Nahda, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi.
Warm-up sessions such as stretching, breathing exercises and exercise meditation were held prior to the main yoga session, which spilled over until midnight, the daily said.
The events in Dubai were organised by the Indian Consulate General with support from several schools and yoga associations such as The Art of Living.
Indian Consul General Vipul joined the Burj Park event where UAE Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi and Dubai Sports Council Secretary General Saeed Hareb were also present.
The daily quoted Anand Mungre, a management executive who had come with his wife and child to participate, as saying: “I have been practising yoga for seven years and I can say that it has become a big stress-reliever for me. I also feel strong and healthy.”
Yoga has also contributed to international solidarity, said Rashi Datt of The Art of Living. “We see here people coming from various nationalities and they move in sync,” Datt said.
The UN declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the day to be declared as a global celebration of yoga. (IANS)
Shripad Naik has ruled out the possibility of a state holiday to celebrate International Yoga Day
The situation is that 100 per cent countries in the world this year will do Yoga
The program was held in 199 countries last year
Panaji, June 5, 2017: Every country in the world will participate in the International Yoga Day event, scheduled to be held on June 21, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Naik said there is no compulsion on schools and other institutions to hold Yoga Day events and that no holiday has been declared as the event is an early morning activity.
“The situation is that 100 per cent countries in the world this year will do Yoga,” Naik told reporters.
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“The programme was held in 199 countries last year. This year, more countries will be added to the list and programmes will be held through our embassies and missions,” the North Goa Lok Sabha member said.
The Minister also said the main International Yoga Day event would be held in Lucknow and attended by over 51,000 yoga enthusiasts, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
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“Over 51,000 people will be participating. As there is paucity of space, screens will be put up in eight to nine parks nearby and simultaneously Yoga will be conducted,” Naik said.
“We have requested to the state governments to organise a big programme. NGOs, schools and colleges also have been asked to hold their own events,” he said, adding that central ministers would be attending the major Yoga-related programmes in every state.
“There is no compulsion (to hold Yoga Day in schools). We are encouraging yoga for the betterment of one and all,” he said in response to a question.
Naik ruled out the possibility of a state holiday to celebrate International Yoga Day.
“We have not declared a holiday as yoga is a morning activity. From 6 a.m. to 7.30 a.m., after the activity is finished, they can go to work. You can opt to take leave on your own account. No special holiday has been announced,” Naik said. (IANS)
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Brussels, April 25, 2017: Week-long celebrations will be held in Belgium, Luxembourg and prominent European Union institutions to mark the third edition of International Yoga Day on June 19, the organisers said here on Tuesday.
The Indian Embassy in Brussels will organise the events in close cooperation with yoga institutes, schools and universities in various Belgian cities, including Brussels, Antwerp, Durbuy, Ghent, Leuven, Kortrijk, Enghien, Liege, Mons, and in Luxembourg from June 17 to June 25.
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The flagship event of the third International Day of Yoga will be held at Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels on June 18, where the programme will include a public yoga session followed by specific mini-Yoga sessions emphasising the different aspects of yoga.
Rakesh Kumar Arora, Counsellor and Charge d’ Affaires at the Indian embassy in Brussels, said 6,000 yoga enthusiasts participated in the various Yoga events held in Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU last year.
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He recalled that in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address at the United Nations General Assembly had defined Yoga as “India’s gift to the world” and had urged global leaders to observe an International Day of Yoga.
In a positive response, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in December 2014 designating June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. (IANS)