The festival began in 2015 when India presented to the United Nations General Assembly a bill to create an official international holiday to celebrate yoga. It was voted in unanimously.
The event is designed to promote the physical, spiritual, and mental aspects of yoga. Yoga was initially used as a form of religious worship in India. It gained a wider audience at the beginning of the 19th century mainly due to Swami Vivekananda.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led over 50,000 volunteers in Dehradun today morning to mark the fourth International Yoga Day celebrations. In his address at Forest Research Institute, the Prime Minister said-
“The world has embraced yoga and glimpses of this can be seen in the manner in which International Day of Yoga has been marked every year. In fact, Yoga Dayhas become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.”
From Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg yoga has become a positive influence in lives of millionss.
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