The United Nations has said that it will declare June 21 as World Yoga Day.
The decision was taken after Indian PM Narendra Modi had requested the world to celebrate Indian yoga in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September.
170 nations supported Modi’s proposal for observing Yoga Day.
The Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “Three months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the world community that India’s yoga should be celebrated as World Yoga Day.
“I am happy to inform you that we have received the support of 170 nations, and four days from today, the United Nations will declare June 21 as World Yoga Day,”
In a first, Modi had also appointed Shripad Naik as the minister for Yoga and traditional medicines.
Indian Yoga guru Ramdev Baba also supported Modi in his move. “By bringing Yoga glory on the global stage, Modi has paid tribute to the legacy of our Yoga Hrishis.
“India owes its identity to Yoga. This will be a day not only of formalities like posters and banners, but on this day, crores of people will venture out of their homes to practice Yoga. This means honor to India and Indianness.”
Modi had said in his US speech, “Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It is not about exercise but about discovering the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.”