International Yoga Day: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik on Wednesday practiced yoga with Ramdev in Lucknow before the Yoga Diwas or International Yoga Day which will held on June 21 in the state capital, according to ABP news report. CM Adityanath and Baba Ramdev performed a few yogic postures or asanas together this morning at the Raj Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM Adityanath will participate in the main event. The third International Yoga Day is likely to witness participation of 55,000 people. Notably, at least 300 Muslim men and women will participate in the main event which will be held in Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, according to PTI report.
PM Modi in his radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ had said last month that Yoga is the only thing that has the potential of uniting the world. “June 21 has become one of the known dates across the world. The entire world celebrates International Day of Yoga. In a very short span of time, the message of yoga has spread to every corner of the world. Yoga is integrating the world today. Through yoga, India as a whole has successfully started connecting the world,” the Prime Minister said on May 28, as per ANI report.
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It has been learned that senior citizens, aanganwadi workers and around 500 divyangs are expected to participate in the International Day of Yoga celebrations. Participants will be given bottles of mineral water and monogramed T-shirts to highlight the event and its significance.
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The international Yoga Day has been celebrated annually since its inception in 2015. An International Day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.
On May 14, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and CM Yogi Adityanath had reviewed the preparations for the event. CM Adityanath had said that for convenience of ordinary citizens, LED screens will be installed at different parks in the city, so that they could also participate simultaneously. He also had issued directions to hold a 28-day workshop for the participants prior to the International Yoga Day. Notably, The Union Ayush Ministry had proposed Lucknow as the venue for the main function.