List of International Days of Yoga
This list records each International Day of Yoga from the day’s inception in 2015.
The first International Day of Yoga was observed around the world on 21 June 2015. The Ministry of AYUSH made the necessary arrangements in India. 35,985 people, including Narendra Modi and dignitaries from 84 nations, performed 21 asanas (yoga postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi. The day was observed by millions across the world. NCC cadets entered the Limca Book of Records for the “largest yoga performance simultaneously by a single uniformed youth organisation” by performing at multiple venues.
The event at Rajpath established two Guinness world records awarded to the Ministry of AYUSH, and received by the minister Shripad Yesso Naik. They were for the largest yoga class, of 35,985 people, and for the largest number of participating nationalities (84 nations). In San Francisco, 5,000 participants gathered in the Marina Green park to practice yoga.
The second International Day of Yoga was held around the theme, ‘Connect with Youth’ to engage and seek participation from the younger audience. The Prime Minister led a mass yoga demonstration held at Chandigarh, where more than 30,000 people participated. Performance of yoga by 150 Divyang Jan along with the Prime Minister was one of the highlights. Around the world, 192 United Nation Member States observed IDY- 2016.
In Lucknow, the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi participated in the event and practiced yoga along with 51,000 participants. Many business leaders in India also took part in the event. In New York, thousands of participants gathered to practice yoga on Times Square. Japan created a Parliamentary League for the promotion of yoga just prior to the event, in April 2017. In China, the largest gathering was 10,000 participants in the city of Wuxi. In Athens, the event took place on 25 June as part of the Greek Open Yoga Day and in, the event happened on 18 June and gathered a few hundred participants. In Ireland, participants met in the round room of the . The theme for 2017 was “Yoga for Health“.
The event in Dehradun was held at the Forest Research Institute. PM Modi led an estimated 50,000 volunteers to mark the fourth anniversary of International Yoga Day. The theme for 2018 was “Yoga for Peace“. Over 100,000 people gathered at a yoga session in Kota, Rajasthan and performed yoga together, earning the city a Guinness World Record.
5th International Yoga Day was celebrated zealously in various parts of India. The main event was held in Ranchi and the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi led a crowd of over 40,000 people, who attended this event there. The theme of this year’s event was “Yoga for Heart“. At this event, the prime minister addressed the people of India, stressing upon the importance of Yoga for the overall health of body, mind, society, and even our climate, saying “Let our motto be – Yoga for peace, harmony, and progress”. He also said that the government would be working to make Yoga a pillar of the ‘preventive healthcare and wellness’ system.
The theme for the 2020 day is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family“. The Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov recorded a video message to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
The theme for the 2021 day is “Yoga for well-being“. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian mission to the United Nations organized an online celebration on UN WebTV in place of face-to-face yoga events.