International Yoga Day 2019: Record registration at Washington monument

New Delhi: For the third time, the Washington Monument – that faces the National Mall overlooking the US Congress – would host the International Yoga Day celebrations on June 16 in the US capital.

So far, more than 2,500 people have registered for the event. This would be possibly the largest gathering of a free yoga event in Washington, given the enthusiasm of health-conscious people.

Following a proposal moved by India on December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

“We are seeing a robust response to our call for participation at the fifth International Day of Yoga at the iconic Washington Monument on Sunday, June 16. The event has already received over 2,500 registrations,” the Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, told PTI.

And as an added incentive, Shringla said, the embassy has scheduled a vegetarian food festival immediately after the yoga event as part the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.

The event is being organised by the Indian Embassy in association with more than 20 organisations. All ambassadors and representatives of UN organisations have been invited to the event.

The Indian embassy has also reached out to yoga studio owners and teachers to ensure participation from American yoga enthusiasts.

The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall, built to commemorate George Washington, the first US president.

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