- The International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June since its inception in 2015. The International Yoga day is celebrated to promote yoga and spread awareness about its benefits. The theme for 2019 Yoga Day is Yoga for Climate Action.
- The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the India Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, in 2014.
- The resolution on ‘International Day of Yoga’ was introduced by India’s Ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji. It was cosponsored by 177 nations, the highest number ever for any General Assembly resolution.
- 21st June has been chosen as International Yoga day is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. 21 June is the day of the Summer Solstice when the tilt of a planet’s axis in the northern hemisphere is most inclined toward the sun
- Further, the summer solstice is also considered important in Indian mythology as it marks an event that is considered the start of Yogic science.
- Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
- Yoga has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.
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