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180 countries expected in Yoga Day celebration

TAP | Updated: June 17, 2023

NEW YORK, Jun 17: People from more than 180 countries will participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Yoga Day celebrations here on June 21, representing different walks of life and comprising diplomats, artists, academicians and entrepreneurs among others, sources said on Saturday.

The United Nations proclamation of June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in the first year of Prime Minister Modi's term in 2014 has been a notable highlight in his government's list of its overseas successes and overall measures to boost India's global profile.

With the ruling BJP now in the middle of celebrating the government's nine uninterrupted years at the helm and its members fanning out across the country to spread the word about its achievements, the buzz is also growing thousands of kilometres away as Modi and the Yoga Day return to where it all began -- the UN headquarters here.

The Indian government is also going all out to make the June 21 event here next week a big success.

Official sources said people belonging to more than 180 countries will participate in the exercise and they will represent different walks of life. They will include diplomats, leaders, artists, key cultural figures, academicians and entrepreneurs.

Modi will lead the ninth annual International Yoga Day celebrations at the UN headquarters between 8 am and 9 am at its North Lawn.