21st June has been declared as the International Day for Yoga; it would be celebrated every year from hereon. Jan Ki Baat informs the readers of the variety of reasons behind establishing 21st of June as International Yoga Day. The scientific reason behind this choice of date is that 21st June has the longest day and shortest night because the earth, on this day, is closest to the sun, distance-wise. The Yogic reason is that the Vedic calendar dictates 21st June as the day of transition from Uttarayana to Dakshinayana.
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice ie the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution.
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