News Centre -TDO- The 6th Internationa! Day of Yoga will be celebrated at the Embassy of India, Ankara on 21st June 2020. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing, Embassy of India will be celebrating IDY-2020 on limited scale within the embassy premises, which will be live streamed through social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Instagram or Twitter Live to encourage all yoga enthusiasts to participate in the celebrations from their homes and practice Yoga.
Yoga, which originated in India, is known to improve breathing, energy and vitality in human body and enhance spiritual and mental health of the person. In the era of COVID-19 pandemic where it is very important to stay alert, healthy and mentally fit, adopting Yoga as a way of life helps fight this pandemic.
The celebration for IDY started in 2015, following a decision of the United Nations to observe 21 June as the day dedicated to Yoga, which was co-sponsored by 177 countries, including Turkey. The decision at the UN came at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who proposed this at the UN General Assembly on September 2014.
As a warm up to International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2020, the Embassy of India, Ankara organized other events like "My Life - My Yoga Video Blogging Contest” from 31 May 2020 to 15 June 2020 and "International Day of Yoga Quiz 2020”, details of which are published on its website (www.indembassyankara.gov.in) and social media. The quiz competition will start from 06 June to 15 June 2020 on Embassy’s facebook page and twitter account. Attractive prizes will be announced through its website and social media.