21st June- International Day of Yoga

  • The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015.
  • The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.
  • Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.
  • The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member states.
  • The idea was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the 69th United Nations General Assembly.
  • Modi in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.
  • On 11 December 2014, India’s Permanent Representative AsokeMukherji introduced the draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly.
  • In 2015 Reserve Bank of India issued a 10-rupee commemorative coin to mark the International Day of Yoga.
  • In April 2017, UN Postal Administration (UNPA) issued 10 stamps on Asanas on a single sheet to mark International Day of Yoga.
  • The first International Day of Yoga was observed around the world on 21 June 2015. The Ministry of AYUSH made the necessary arrangements in India.