As the sun rose across different countries around the world, millions of people across the world woke up today to celebrate the ancient art of yoga. No matter where they live, people came together in a truly global celebration of the International Day of Yoga (IDY), an initiative put forth by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ratified by the United Nations five years ago.
Prime Minister Modi led the IDY celebrations at a mega show in Ranchi while Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and others also participated in events across the country.
Modi stressed on the need to strengthen research on yoga, saying, "Today when the world is accepting yoga, we also have to further research on yoga; we have to unite yoga with fields of medicine, physiotherapy, artificial intelligence."
Indian missions, embassies and consulates across the world also spread out their yoga mats for multiple events to mark the occasion. Here’s a look at the various programmes organised from Sydney all the way to San Francisco to celebrate yoga day.
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