In a bid to promote yoga, the Central government recently announced that it was planning to open 100 yoga parks across the country, apart from setting up at least one dedicated Yoga centre in each state with central assistance. These parks would be especially dedicated for yoga activities and would be managed by yoga organisations or others voluntarily.

Event on International Yoga Day

The International Day of Yoga (IDY) is celebrated on June 21. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be participating in the main event to be held in Lucknow, this year. Along with the PM, senior ministers, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and yoga gurus, along with nearly 51,000 people are expected to take part in the event. About 150 countries are expected to participate in the mega event with Indian Missions in those nations coordinating the activities.

Prime Minister’s Award to be given

The Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of the traditional practice at national and international level will be given to individuals or organisations who have made significant impact on the society for a sustained period of time by way of promotion and development of Yoga, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said, according to PTI.

IDY will be observed at some of the major landmarks around the world, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Trafalgar Square in London and the Central Park in New York among others.

About IDY

  • The United Nations General Assembly, heeding a call by Prime Minister Modi, had made a declaration in December 2014 to observe June 21 every year as IDY
  • The first IDY celebration was organised at Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015, in which representatives of 191 countries had participated. Last year, the main function was held in Chandigarh.