“Three months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the world community that India’s yoga should be celebrated as World Yoga Day. I am happy to inform you that we have received support of 170 nations and four days from today, the United Nations will declare June 21 as the World Yoga Day,” Ms Swaraj said at a function in the presence of yoga guru Ramdev.
Addressing the ‘Gita Prerna Mahotsav’, organised “to celebrate 5,151 years of religious book Gita” at the Red Fort Maidan in Delhi, the senior BJP leader said that yoga is not merely an exercise, but a road to prosperity and good health.
During his visit to the United Nations in September this year, Mr Modi had urged the world community to celebrate Indian yoga at the international level and that June 21 be declared as the World Yoga Day.
Last month, European Union(EU) president Herman Van Rompuy also told Mr Modi that the 28-member EU supported his idea for a Yoga Day at the UN.