Commemorating International Day of Yoga 2018, Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Thursday (Jun 21) organised an event at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital where thousands of people from all walks of life wearing blue and yellow T-shirts joined practicing the ancient Indian discipline.
The programme included yoga demonstration, a mass yoga session and a lucky draw. Entry to the event was free. This year, over 10,000 yoga enthusiasts attended it, reports said.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader attended the celebrations as the chief guest while State Minister for Sports and Youth Biren Sikder as guest of honour. Deputy Sports and Youth Minister Arif Khan Joy and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla, among others, were present at the programme.
Diplomats from Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Myanmar, Afghanistan, the USA, Vietnam, Switzerland, Vatican, European Union, representatives from UN agencies, film celebrities, national players, singers and dancers were also present.
The celebrations of IDY commenced with the screening of a video message of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, Bangladesh President Md. Abdul Hamid sent a message on the occasion, local media reports said.
Sports associations, Yoga associations and Institutes, students from various schools, intellectually challenged children, colleges and universities in Dhaka and outside Dhaka and Bangladesh Scouts participated in the celebrations. Several celebrities from culture, sports and media also participated in the event.
Teacher of Indian Culture at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre Mumpy Dey conducted the Common Yoga Protocol. Demonstration of yoga asanas were also performed by yoga students of IGCC and other yoga institutes in Dhaka.
At the end of the event, a lucky draw was held. Winners received a Tata Tiago car, a Bajaj motorcycle, a holiday package to a destination in India, a trip to Delhi for a couple and a hospitality package for a couple in a five star hotel in Dhaka.
Similar events were also organised by the Assistant High Commissions of India in Rajshahi and Chattogram. Apart from the above, various other Yoga organisations and institutes have also organised separate sessions to mark the day.
On Jun 12, several celebrities of Bangladesh joined the Indian High Commission in Dhaka at the curtain raiser of the International Day of Yoga 2018.
The United Nations on Dec 11, 2014, proclaimed Jun 21 as the International Yoga Day.