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How The World Celebrated International Yoga Day

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Millions across the world joined in to celebrate the second year of International Yoga Day this year. The holiday, which originated in India, was announced an official UN holiday on December 11, 2014 after Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, addressed the floor. In his speech, he argued for the holiday saying that, “yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

So in observance of this amazing new holiday, we collected photos of yogis celebrating from all around the world. Check them out below:

India

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Thousands gather for yoga at Rajpath on the International Day of Yoga in New Delhi.

 

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Artist Surya Namaskar and fellow yoga lovers gather around his sand creation on Puri Beach in India.

 

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4,000 School children in Chennal, India celebrating on the eve of International Yoga Day.

 

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Indian Army soldiers also practice yoga at Forward Base (SiaLa) by Siachen Glacier in India.

 

China

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 19: (CHINA OUT) Large group of yoga enthusiasts practice yoga on a glass platform at Shilin Gorge on June 20, 2016 in Beijing, China.The presentation takes place on the worlds largest glass viewing platform which is located in Shijin Gorge in Pinggu district of Beijing 900 meters in the air. Around 200 yoga enthusiasts participated in the event. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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Chinese yoga enthusiasts participated in a yoga session on the worlds largest glass viewing platform in Shijin Gorge, Beijing.

 

The United States

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Practitioners in Times Square, New York meditating on the International Day of Yoga.

 

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AcroYoga enthusiasts join hundreds of others at Summer Solstice’s International Yoga Day event in Times Square, New York.

 

Afghanistan

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Yogis also gather at the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

Australia

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Australians gather the morning of International Yoga day in front of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

 

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Also in Australia, these Yogis in Melbourne practice Warrior II.

 

Sri Lanka

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Over a thousand children gather in Sri Lanka to celebrate.

 

France

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Synchronized yogis gather in rings under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France using the same mats and wearing the same colors.

 

England

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Participants gather to celebrate the International Day of Yoga as well as the start of the summer solstice at Salisbury Plain in England, Britain.

 

Switzerland

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Yogis in Geneva, Switzerland practice and meditate around Mahatma Gandhi.

 

Brazil

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Ipanema Beach in Brazil hosts a group of yoga enthusiasts practicing Warrior I pose.

 

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