New Delhi, June 21: Crores of people of many countries with various levels of skills, age and nationality, and health-conscious residents laid down their mats, relaxed and communed with nature to participate in the grand celebration of World Yoga Day on Tuesday. At least 180 countries today is celebrating Yoga day including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, United States of America etc.
Notably, Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which provide peace, harmony etc. However, it is only India who promoted Yoga on the international platform and is being praised globally. The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, United States of America are such countries which is celebrating third International Yoga Day with great enthusiasm. Not only Indian community but all the other communities with different religions including men, women, children came together to perform Yoga today.
Unlike in the past two years, there were multiple venues across the UAE for World Yoga Day. The participants trooped to the main venues in Dubai such as Burj Park, Zabeel Park and Burhani Complex in Al Nahda, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and ADNEC in Abu Dhabi. The events in Dubai were also organized by the Indian Consulate General with support from several local schools and yoga associations such as The Art of Living and no less than Indian Consul General Vipul himself joined the yogis at Burj Park. The UAE Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi and Saeed Hareb, secretary general of Dubai Sports Council also graced the event.
Saudi Arabia is also celebrating International Yoga Day by performing Yoga at various places of Kingdom with great enthusiasm. The Indian consulate in Jeddah and Arab Yoga Foundation has conducted Yoga session at Indian International School. In Riyadh, the Indian embassy also marked the event on its premises and also at the Indian International Schools in Riyadh and Dammam. Around 1500 students of the International Indian school in Riyadh also gave a demonstration of various asanas during the event.
Thousands of Abu Dhabi residents also participated in the third International Day of Yoga organized by the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Umm Al Emarat Park authorities. Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, attended the event.
The United States of America
Yoga fervor in the United States of America continues as lakhs of people at various places came together to make this day historical and performed Yoga with full of joy and enthusiasm. Young and Old, Men and Women, Indian and American all united today to celebrated third International Yoga Day. People dressed in white shirts and trousers performed Yoga in an event in the United States of America. Washington, Houston, New York, Geneva and several other cities majorly organized mega events ON Yoga Day in which thousands of people performed Yoga together.
The Headquarters of United Nations were lit up with the word ‘Yoga’ to mark the celebration of Yoga power. Veteran Actor Anupam Kher switched the illumination lights with the word Yoga and a posture ahead of the third International Yoga Day. After illuminating lights, Anupam Kher said that he was proud to be the chosen for illuminating the United Nations headquarters, ahead of International Day of Yoga. The Indian consulate will also organize ‘Conversation on Yoga for Health’ at the UN in association with Department of Public Information and World Health Organisation.
The United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014 after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, himself a yogi, called for the day to be declared as a global celebration of yoga, an ancient practice that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, that has now become a worldwide phenomenon.