Published on: June 22, 2023

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day

Why in news? International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21.


  • Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India and has gained popularity globally for its mental, physical, and spiritual benefits.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi , will be the lead in the celebration at  the UN Headquartered New York

What is the history of International Yoga Day ?

  • The idea of observing International Yoga Day was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi, during his speech at United Nations General Assembly in September 2014
  • The day was suggested June 21 as the date for the observance as it is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere

What is the theme for International Yoga Day 2023?

  • The theme for International Yoga Day 2023 is “Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.”

What is the significance of the day?

  • The significance lies in its ability to bring people from various backgrounds, cultures, and nations together to celebrate and practice yoga.
  • It serves as a platform for individuals and communities to experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga and understand its profound impact on personal and societal well-being.
  • Yoga encourages mindfulness, promotes physical fitness, reduces stress, and cultivates a sense of inner peace and harmony.