Nations around the world unite to observe IDY

The International Day of Yoga (IDY) is just around the corner and the nations all over the world are gearing up to celebrate this special occassion. Let us understand how different nations of the world propose to celebrate this day.

The 5th international yoga day celebrations will take place in 180 countries, at locations including Opera House, Sydney, Australia; Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia and Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe. The main event will be held in Ranchi, Jharkhand, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will remain present.

In India, the Centre has shortlisted five cities — Delhi, Shimla, Mysore, Ahmedabad and Ranchi — for holding the national programme of the International Yoga Day this year.

Each year, the day sees millions of people practicing common yoga protocol globally.

In countries where there is a lack of yoga experts, the Ayush ministry will send trainers from India.


Jharkhand capital Ranchi will be the venue for the main event for International Yoga Day on June 21 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attended it, said AYUSH Ministry officials.

The event will be held at the Prabhat Tara ground and around 30,000 people are expected to participate in it, they said.

On June 13, there will be a curtain raiser to the main event in Ranchi and it will be attended by several state dignitaries, besides yoga organisations and instructors.

At Aligarh Muslim University (AMU): 

Ahead of the International Day of Yoga on June 21, AMU has pulled up socks to mark the occasion in a grand manner by organising a week-long programme starting June 15. AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor will be the chief guest on June 21 at the department of physical education, while Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof M H Beg will inaugurate the Yoga Day celebrations on June 15, said a statement from the varsity.

The department of physical education in AMU will organise workshops and special lectures from June 15 to June 21. The physical education section, Women’s College will organise a workshop on Yoga from June 17 to June 21. Dr Razia Rizvi (Deputy Director, Sports and coordinator of the workshop) informed that registrations are open for female participants.


The national capital would be hosting the event for the second time. Delhi had hosted the main event of the Yoga Day in 2015. In Delhi, the main event will be at Rajpath and it will be organised by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in association with the ministry. In the lead-up to the event, a two-day yoga mahotsav is being organised in Delhi by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga starting Saturday. It will be attended by about 10,000 people, including yoga teachers, professionals, enthusiasts among others. “The aim is to build an atmosphere of yoga in the lead-up to the main event and sensitise the people about the June 21 function,” an official said.

Programmes will also be held at Red Fort, Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden, Talkatora Garden, Yamuna Sports Complex, Swarna Jayanti Park – Rohini and Dwarka Sector- 11 in the national capital.

In Singapore:

More than 200 yoga sessions have been planned in Singapore during the 10-day International Day of Yoga celebration one of which would be led by the country’s Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran.

The session will be across 130 centres during the celebration between June 15 and 25.The venues include iconic places like Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage, as well as community centres spread across the city-state.

Dutch soldiers to participate in Yoga Day celebrations in Netherlands:

Dutch soldiers will participate in the Netherlands’ biggest International Yoga Day celebrations to be held at the prestigious Dam Square of Amsterdam on June 16. Dutch Ministry of Defence has introduced Yoga exercises for armed forces to enrich their training programme and reduce stress.

An unique addition to the programme this year will be promotion of Indian handicrafts with five national award winning master artisans from India showcasing their work throughout the day. This is the fifth time the International Yoga Day is being celebrated in the Netherlands. Last year, it was held at Museumplein, Amsterdam.

New Zealand:

Aucklanders will participate in the 5th anniversary of International Yoga Day celebrations at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Eden Terrace at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16.

The Consulate of India and all major Indian Associations have come together to co-host this event and give the opportunity to all yoga enthusiasts to perform yoga as a part of a large community group.

Meanwhile, the office of the Indian High Commission is leading the community in Wellington with an official event of celebrations of International Yoga Day at Bharat Bhawan, on Sunday, June 16, at 10.30 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) is planning a fourteen-day long nationwide Yogathon starting on Saturday, June 15, until Friday, June 28. For International Yoga Day (June 21), HCNZ is collaborating with the Yoga Education in Prisons Trust to present 108 Surya Namaskara in Wellington’s Civic Square from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm.

The first IDY celebration in India was organised at Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015, in which representatives of 191 countries took part. In 2016, the main function was held in Chandigarh while in 2017 it was in Lucknow.

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