As the world readied to celebrate the International Yoga Day on Tuesday, images of various yoga postures were projected onto the United Nations headquarters building in New York.
“Yoga set to light up UN. Sneak peek of Yoga posture projections on iconic UN Headquarters building in New York on IDY 2016,” India’s ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.
Akbaruddin said that with the participation of more than 135 nations, the International Yoga Day will set a “record of sorts”. The first celebration of the event in 2015 attracted representatives from 86 countries.
Indian peacekeepers deployed in 13 countries will also participate in the event for the first time. India has more than 7,500 peacekeepers in various missions.
“The effort is to indicate the ability of yoga to synergise with a lot of UN efforts,” Akbaruddin told Hindustan Times.
Akbaruddin said UN diplomats will interact with yoga masters Sadhguru Jaggi vasudev and Tao Porchon-Lynch – the world’s oldest yoga teacher at 97 – before the celebration.
More than 30,000 participants will take part in the main event to be held in Chandigarh where Prime Minister Modi will be present.