Celebration of the First International Yoga Day - 21st June 2015
On 21st June, 2015 the world will be celebrating the first International Day of Yoga. The UN General Assembly on 11th of December, 2014 proclaimed 21st June as the 'International Day of Yoga'. This became possible only after the strenuous endeavours were made by practitioners and lovers of yoga around the globe. The demand for adopting yoga as a genre of the whole mankind gained momentum when Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi , in his first speech at the UN General Assembly in September 2014, enumerated many benefits of yoga for the health and well-being of all people, regardless of their nationality, country, race, and religion. How much significance people around the globe attached to yoga could be inferred from the fact that when the Resolution for adopting yoga as a way forward for the well-being of the humanity and accordingly declaring 21st June as 'International Day of Yoga' was tabled in the UN General Assembly, over 175 countries, including Jamaica voted in favour of the Resolution. With this declaration yoga has now received recognition as world heritage.
Yoga, as many of you must be knowing, was essentially developed as a spiritual discipline based on extremely subtle science aiming at bringing harmony between mind and body. Yoga in Sanskrit means 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'. Yoga leads to the integration of peoples' knowledge, work and dedication for creating a healthy environment and bringing the humankind together. Many ills, which are plaguing our societies today could be neutralized through the practice of yoga. It is heartening to note that people, in different parts of the world, have adopted yoga as inseparable part of their life style and are benefitting from it. Now that yoga has been declared as world heritage, its practice and popularity are bound to grow even further. Yoga is surely going to enlighten the humankind.
It is in this context that the High Commission of India in Kingston has taken an initiative in celebrating the first International Day of Yoga - 2015 on 21st June, 2015 between 5.30 and 8.00 p.m. at National Indoor Sports Complex, Kingston. Brief Introduction of yoga, message from local dignitaries, demonstration of certain physical yogic exercises, meditation, display of Indian dance and music along with the local group dance have been planned, in collaboration with local partners to commemorate the event.
9th June, 2015