Italy joins the celebrations on June 21
On December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga (IDY). Since then, IDY has been celebrated annually by member countries of the UN, with Italy co-sponsoring the resolution and counting many yoga enthusiasts.
Yoga is an Indian discipline which evolved thousand of years ago for physical and spiritual well-being of the humankind. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and it means ‘to join’ or ‘to unite’, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
Recognizing the value of this ancient practice, yoga will be celebrated worldwide, next week, with classes, workshops and other related events. The Ambassador of India in Rome, H.E. Reenat Sandhu, the Artistic Director of Summer Mela Indian Festival, Riccardo Biadene and the Representative for Yoga Activities in the Republic of San Marino, Marina Emiliani, presented part of Italy’s program for the 5th IDY this morning, at the Embassy of India in Rome.
Rome will be celebrating the 5th International Day of Yoga on June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the historical centre of Rome: yogis will gather at Piazza del Campidoglio to participate in a special yoga session that follows the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), which includes simple and easy yoga postures, under the guide of certified instructors. The session will be followed by an Indian classical music concert by Sarod maestro Partho Sarothi: the concert is the opening event of Summer Mela Festival which will take place in Rome and the surrounding areas between June 21 and July 13.
The Embassy of India will also be celebrating the IDY in San Marino, on June 15, at 4:30 p.m., at Campo Bruno Reffi: yoga enthusiasts can join this free and open program. Evening activities will also include a Kathak performance (Indian classical dance) and a vegetarian food festival.