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World Celebrates Fourth International Yoga Day

UNESCO has termed Yoga as an art of living and way of being. International Yoga Day, today, has become a world phenomenon.

On fourth anniversary of International Yoga Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates it with 50,000 volunteers in Dedradun. He is welcomed at the Dehradun airport by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Chief Minister TS Rawat and other leaders and officials. The security in Dehradun has also tightened.

Several ministers have participated in Yoga Day such as Union Minister Rajnath Singh, NitinGodkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, and Ravi Shankar Prasad also took part in Yoga events in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudrapryag, Hajipur, and Patna respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “People across the country are welcoming the sun today. From Dehradun to Dublin, there’s only Yoga. Indians should be proud of their traditions and only then will the world be proud of them, the Prime Minister said before performing yoga asanas along with thousands of volunteers at the venue.”

Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu celebrated yoga fest with Maharashtra Chief Minister David Fadnavis in Mumbai that was organized by a non-profit run by BJP’s Mumbai unit chief AshishShelar.

“Some people unfortunately attach religious connotation to the ancient tradition of yoga. Times has come to introduce yoga as part of school curriculum,” said Naidu

Chandigarh welcomed Union MinisterSmritiIrani as the Chief Guest where she attended a one-day yoga fest. CM ManoharLalKhattar attended yoga event in Jhajjar.

“I thank people for participating in large numbers,” said Union Minister SmritiIrani.

Saints at Guwahati’s Kamakhyatemple in Assam performed yoga.

The police at the border of Indo-Tibetan performed yoga at the altitude of 18000 feet.

Yoga too was celebrated enthusiastically in northern part of China and a picturesque village in southern Hunanprovince, where thousands of yoga practitioner celebrated international yoga day.

The day also witnessed the Guinness Book World Record ‘Largest Silent Yoga Class’ on International Yoga Day 2018 by 800-differently abled persons from across the country

“Yoga should not be connected with any particular religion. When India moved the resolution for International Yoga Day in the United Nations, it was supported by many Muslim member countries as well,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lucknow. He also added that Yoga is an example of cultural diplomacy.