International Yoga Day - 21 June

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International Yoga Day - 21 June  (1)International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on 21 June.

An Overview of the News

  • The day aims to promote the many benefits of practicing yoga.

  • The date chosen coincides with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • International Yoga Day encourages physical, mental and spiritual harmony.

  • The theme chosen for International Day of Yoga 2023 is "Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam".

  • The theme represents the shared desire of "One Earth, One Family, One Future".

  • Yoga promotes meditation, stress reduction, and overall health and vitality.

  • In 2023, the International Day of Yoga took place on June 21 at the United Nations Headquarters under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • This is the first time that a yoga session was organized by the Prime Minister at this place.

History of International Yoga Day

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of a dedicated Yoga Day in 2014 during his speech at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • On 11 December 2014, all 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously agreed to observe 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

  • The inaugural ceremony of International Day of Yoga took place on June 21, 2015.

  • International Yoga Day has received global recognition and is celebrated in more than 190 countries.

June 2023 Days and Themes



14 June - World Blood Donor Day

"Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often."

13 June - International Albinism Awareness Day

"United in making our voices heard"

12 June -  World Day Against Child Labour 

"Social Justice for All. End Child Labour!"

8 June - World Oceans Day

"Planet Ocean: The Tides Are Changing".

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