The Second International Day of Yoga was celebrated worldwide on the 21st of June. The theme for this year celebration was “Connect the Youth”. Millions of people across the globe came outdoors to perform yoga. India’s proud initiative and gift to the world, the Second International Yoga Day, on all counts, could be called a great success. In India, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Indians in celebrating this event in the country.
The main event was held at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, where PM Narendra Modi joined the mass yoga demonstration.The Prime Minister advocated popularization of the practice of yoga across the world and desired for more Yoga teachers to be produced from India. The Prime Minister also announced two awards for the Yoga Day celebrations next year, one at the national level and the other at the international level for popularising yoga.
In Delhi, the mega mass yoga demonstration was organised at Connaught Place, which witnessed huge participation of people from all walks of life.
In New York, the image of a yoga posture was projected onto the UN Headquarters as the world body hosted the landmark World Yoga Day. The image projected onto the UN building showed a woman doing the ‘Parvatasana’ or the ‘inverted V’ posture.
In Washington, Indian classical dances and demonstration of popular yoga asanas on the lawns of US Congress were organised. Hundreds of thousands of yoga lovers in Britain rolled out mats to practice yoga postures. Over 10,000 people from all walks of life participated in various yoga and meditation sessions. Yoga and meditation sessions were also organised across major Australian cities including Canberra and Melbourne.