The United Nations headquarters in New York was lit up for the upcoming occasion of International Yoga Day.
An image of a yoga posture was projected onto the UN headquarter's building as the world body geared up to host the second International Day of Yoga on Tuesday. This is also the second consecutive year in a row that the UN headquarters have been specially illuminated on the occasion of International Yoga Day. Many events have been planned by India’s Permanent Mission to the UN as well as the Indian Consulate here to mark the day.
Popular actor Anupam Kher was invited to switch the illumination lights for the event.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin posted on Twitter, “Yoga lights up @UN…Here’s a sneak peek of the iconic UN Headquarters building being lit up like never before for International Day of Yoga.”
Anupam Kher also posted a message on Twitter expressing his gratitude about getting the privilege of being part of the preparation of International Yoga Day.
The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on December 11 in 2014 after a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27.
The Permanent Mission of India will organize a ‘Yoga Session with Yoga Masters’ at the world body’s headquarters on June 20 that will be led by Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan ashram, India and Swami Sivadasananda of Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Austria.
On June 21, the mission will organize ‘Conversation on Yoga for Health’ at the UN in association with the Department of Public Information and World Health Organisation.
Speakers at the event will include Kher, World Health Organisation Executive Director Nata Menabde, Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Former NFL athlete turned yogi Keith Mitchell, Bluechip Marketing Worldwide CEO Stanton Kawer and Swami Sivadasananda.
This year, the United Nations will also issue special stamps commemorating Yoga Day. The UN postal agency, UN Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue the new special event sheet to commemorate the day that has been marked annually since 2015.
(With Inputs from ANI)