Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to participate in the mass demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol to be held in Chandigarh on International Yoga Day 2016 on Tuesday, June 21, and the celebrations will be live-streamed online. The day will also be celebrated all across the world, including the U.S., the U.K, Australia and Canada.
In the U.S.:
The United Nations will also observe International Yoga Day on June 21 through an event organised at the UN Secretariat Circle at its headquarters in New York by India's Permanent Mission to the UN, with the UN's Department of Public Information. The event will be held between 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. local time on Tuesday, and can be viewed live HERE.
Several local events have also been planned. The Indian Consulate in Atalanta has invited people to take part in one such event from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
Events have also been organised in Canada on International Yoga Day 2016, like this charity fundraiser in Toronto that begins at 9:30 a.m. local time.
In the U.K.:
Organisations like the Iyengar Yoga Institute have organised free yoga classes in London on Tuesday, June 21.
Other countries across the world have organised similar programmes centred around International Yoga Day â€” either before or after. India's Ministry of External Affairs has said around one lakh programmes have been organised across the globe on the occasion.
About International Yoga Day:
Following requests from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the UN in September 2014, the UN General Assembly in December 2014 declared June 21 as International Yoga Day. June 21 happens to be the day of Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The first International Yoga Day was observed on June 21, 2015, with Modi leading the programme in New Delhi and many nations across the world marking the day with yoga sessions.