The International Day of Yoga (IDY) is celebrated worldwide on 21 June annually. Croatia was one of the 177 countries that collectively supported the Indian Resolution for the designation of IDY at the United Nations in 2014, and we remain thankful for the support extended by the Croatian Government.
Last year, the Indian Embassy organised the IDY on 21 June 2015 in Maksmir Park and other venues in select cities of Croatia. Footage from these events was part of the global telecast of Yoga events throughout the world.
For 2016, The Indian Embassy will be organising the IDY on a bigger scale on Sunday, 19 June 2016, from 10h00 to 13h00 in Jelačić Square simultaneously in capital Zagreb, as well as prominent Public Squares in 11 other cities viz. Dubrovnik, Split, Pula, Cakovec, Varazdin, Karlovac, Zadar, Sibenik, Osijek, Rijeka and Vukovar, covering all regions of Croatia. The event will have the participation of top level dignitaries, Members of Parliament, diplomatic community and a cross section of Croatian Society. This will be in conformity with the large scale organisation of IDY in other European cities and the rest of the world.
The IDY events are being staged in partnership with the City Administrations, Tourist Boards, Yoga In Daily Life, Yoga Federation of Croatia, Art of Living, Iskon, Medical Yoga Centre and other Yoga Associations. We are sincerely thankful for the sponsorship of Zagrebacka Bank, Zagreb Tourist Board and Uvijek Vjerni.
The programme for IDY-2016 will include the practice of Protocol of Yoga Asanas by all participants under the guidance of experienced Yoga practitioners followed by lecture-demonstrations by different Yoga Associations and bhajans. Allied events will be conducted over the whole week comprising of free Yoga classes in all the cities, talks on specific Yoga themes and screening of documentaries.
It will be appreciated that Yoga is much more than a physical exercise. Its practice and philosophy enable us to access a new dimension of the self, even while providing a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga inculcates a sense of internal discipline, helps us to restore our balance and furnishes us with a much needed sense of clarity. Through its unifying power, we seek completeness and oneness with the world.
The IDY events in all cities are open to the public. The Indian Embassy invites people from all walks of life to be part of the extraordinary journey that we have embarked upon in quest for global peace, harmony and happiness. This being the tourist season, we also expect to attract a lot of tourists, and showcase Croatia as a truly multi-cultural and multi-dimensional country. Global publicity will be given to the event.
Comfortable exercise clothing is recommended for the IDY on 19 June 2016.