International Day of Yoga – 21 June
The International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared that 21 June would be adopted as International Day of Yoga following a speech made by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
The aim of this annual celebration is to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. On this day which is dedicated to inner and outer wellbeing of the human mind and body, people across the world gather and practice yoga together in large groups, often in their thousands.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”
Prime Minister of India
International Day of Peace – 21 September
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September each year. Established in 1981, the day is dedicated to strengthening the bond of peace within and among the countries around the world. It is also known as the day of non-violence and cease-fire.
In 2002, The United Nations declared it a permanent holiday. Through education and public awareness events, the UN works to strengthen the ideals of peace among all of the world’s people and countries. The day is celebrated to mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. On this day, the UN urges all hostilities to stop, worldwide.