The Union Ministry of AYUSH has announced that main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) will be held on 21 June 2018 at Dehradun, capital city of Uttrakhand.
The event is going to be Mass Yoga Demonstration that will attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Three places- Forest Research Institute (FRI), Gorkha Training Centre (GTC) and Maharana Pratap Stadium have been identified for the event. On this occasion AYUSH Ministry is also planning to give two Yoga Awards known as PM Yoga Award to national and international participants.
International Yoga Day (IYD)
The idea of celebrating the International Yoga Day was pitched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014. Later in December 2014, UNGA unanimously adopted India-led resolution to observe 21st June as ‘International Day of Yoga’. This resolution was adopted under agenda of UN’s ‘Global Health and Foreign Policy’. The date 21st June was selected because it represents one of the two solstices and is the longest day in Northern Hemisphere which has special significance in many parts of the world. The first International Yoga Day (IYD) was celebrated across the world on 21 June 2015.