A very good morning to one and all present here. Today, I will be giving a short speech on the topic of ‘Yoga Day’.
Wikipedia concisely briefs on this day as follows: “The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated across the world annually on June 21 since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in ancient India.”
Incidentally, India’s National Yoga Day also falls on this same day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when proposing this day, had said that “the date was the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world.” Again, in Indian calendars, the summer solstice also marks the transition to Dakshinayana, making it all the more auspicious and cementing the connection yoga has with India.
This day is celebrated to spread awareness about the importance of yoga and its benefits. Practice yoga!