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International Yoga Day 2024: Global Celebrations from Leh to New York

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations designated June 21 as International Day of Yoga, a celebration that has since grown into a global phenomenon. Each year, millions of people worldwide, from serene mountain retreats to bustling city squares, come together through special classes, workshops, and discussions to promote the numerous benefits of yoga. This year, marking the 10th anniversary of the International Yoga Day, the theme is “Yoga for self and society.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the celebrations in Srinagar, emphasizing the transformative impact of yoga on health and well-being. Reflecting on India's initiative at the UN, which received overwhelming international support, Modi encouraged everyone to integrate yoga into their daily lives. In Srinagar, he engaged in yoga exercises at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre and later interacted with locals at Dal Lake, capturing moments with selfies.

Meanwhile, Indian Armed Forces personnel, including the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police, observed Yoga Day at high-altitude locations like Leh and North Sikkim, showcasing their commitment to holistic wellness. The Indian Navy also participated aboard several warships, underscoring yoga's relevance even in challenging environments.

Back in India, President Droupadi Murmu and leaders like Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath joined citizens in practicing yoga, highlighting its role in promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health. Internationally, the Consulate General of India in New York organized a vibrant celebration at Times Square, drawing thousands of participants from diverse backgrounds.

These events underscored the growing global interest in yoga as a universal practice for personal well-being and community harmony, affirming its status as India's cherished gift to humanity.


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