Ahead of the second International Yoga day on 21 June this year, numerous events have been planned by yoga lovers in US, England, China and elsewhere around the globe to mark the day.
In India, various events have been planned by the Ayush ministry across the country to celebrate the day. PM Narendra Modi will lead the main event on International Yoga Day in Capitol Complex, Chandigarh. Last year, the first International Yoga Day was celebrated with Modi leading mass yoga in the national capital, Delhi. This year more than 100,000 people have registered to take part in the main event in Chandigarh alongside PM Modi.
In the US, thousands of yoga lovers are expected to take part in a mass yoga programme at Times Square, New York. Indian Consulates in New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco have joined hands with local community organisations to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, A special celebration will also be held at the Kresge Auditorium of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.
The city of London will mark the International Day of Yoga on June 21 with a series of events near the iconic Tower Bridge and on the river Thames over the next few days.
Nine cities in eastern China are to host the Second International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations from June 18-26 June, with the theme “9 Cities, 9 Days bringing 9,000 Chinese Yoga lovers closer to India”.
A self-declared yoga enthusiast, PM Modi proposed the idea at the United Nations to declare 21 June as International Yoga day in 2014. The resolution was accepted by 177 countries. According to HR Nagendra, chairperson of the inaugural International Yoga Day four to five hundred million people around the world are expected to participate in the second International Yoga Day.