New Delhi, Jun 21: About 250 diplomats from seven organisations and 56 countries celebrated the International Day of Yoga and were on mats stretching in different yogic postures on Friday here."Appreciate the enthusiastic participation of the diplomatic community in Delhi at International Yoga Day," External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar tweeted.
"Wishing you all health, happiness and peace through yoga," he wrote on the micro blogging site adding - "As PM Narendra Modi said -'Yoga for all and all for yoga'.The envoys and other diplomats performed 'Asanas' at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Chanakyapuri at the event hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs.In his brief address, External Affairs Minister said, "Its (Yoga's) growing reach and acceptance is evident everywhere and I am sure particularly in the countries that are represented here."
"By celebrating the International Day of Yoga together, we celebrate our common humanity," he said.Ambassadors of Germany, Venezuela, Egypt, Israel, Bhutan, Estonia, Slovenia and Nepal among others took part in the event.Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan was also present."Yoga brings thought and action together in harmony and helps promote spiritual and emotional well-being," the United Nations said in a tweet.The Yoga Day has been celebrated in various parts of the world. International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Dhaka. The main function was held at Bangabandhu Stadium.
In Nepal, a large number of Yoga enthusiasts including Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli participated on the solemn occasion.In UAE, nearly 4000 yoga enthusiasts of various nationalities participated the yoga demonstrations at Abu Dhabi, reports said.Yoga has become immensely popular in China as well. The major fitness discipline is specially promoted by the Chinese Ministry of Sports.Hundreds yoga enthusiasts participated in Yoga celebrations across China.
Several regional and world leaders have also shown keen enthusiasm about Yoga Day.Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in a tweet complimented Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wrote: "I compliment my friend Narendra Modi for his efforts at bringing our common heritage of Yoga to the international stage. I urge all to practice yoga like me". (UNI)