Over 180 countries will participate in International Yoga Day 2017, being celebrated on Wednesday 21, informed Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. "In Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people that in a family of three generations, all the three generations should perform Yoga and upload their pics in the Narendra Modi App," the minister said, as reported by news agency ANI. "This (Yoga) is India's prescription of wellness to the world," he further added.
Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik is hopeful that all countries will participate in the third International Yoga Day this year. "The programme was held in 199 countries last year. This year, more countries will be added to the list and programmes will be held through our embassies and missions," he told Indo-Asian News Service earlier. Indian states too are organising special events to celebrate the International Yoga Day 2017, which is also popularly known as World Yoga Day 2017.
"We have given the world spirituality and India must dominate in this matter. Yoga should be respected and accepted on global level," said Yoga Guru Ramdev. "I am sure that under Modi's governance, yoga would be made compulsory in educational institutions. To make students world citizens, at least one chapter of yoga must be compulsory in educational institutes," he added.
Meanwhile, events for International Yoga Day 2017 have already kicked off in several countries in the last week. Yoga enthusiasts, dressed in white, performed various asanas at Yoga events held across the world.
International Yoga Day 2017 - Photos from across the worldHere's a quick look some International Yoga Day 2017 events being held across the world:
The UN headquarters in New York lit up with the word 'Yoga' for International Yoga Day 2017. This is the second consecutive year that the UN headquarters is celebrating the event. Actor Anupam Kher switched the illumination lights.
International Yoga Day 2017 in China
As thousands of people participate in Yoga Day 2017 events, Chinese officials claim it will be the second biggest celebrations of the day in the world after India. Several events are being organised across the country at numerous locations including the Great Wall of China. Over the years, yoga is become quite popular in China.
International Yoga Day 2017 in France
International Yoga Day 2017 in Pakistan