StampNews.com hurries to inform that India Post has released a special stamp to mark the first International Day of Yoga. The issue was unveiled and put into circulation on the day of celebration – the 21st of June.
Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. On 11th December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga.
The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on 27th Sept., 2014 wherein he stated: "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". 175 nations, including USA, Canada and China co-sponsored the resolution. It had the "highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature".
In suggesting 21st June as International Day of Yoga, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Shri Narendra Modi had said that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world".