New York, June 19: The headquarters of United Nations in New York were lit up with ‘Yoga’ word ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21. Actor Anupam Kher switched the illumination lights. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin took to Twitter to express his happiness. He wrote,” “Yoga lights up @UN…Here’s a sneak peek of the iconic UN Headquarters building being lit up like never before for International Day of Yoga.”

Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher tweeted ahead of June 21. He wrote,” Yoga lights up life’s path too. Thank you for making me part of this amazing historical moment.”


United Nations has done this second year in a row. To celebrate the International Yoga Day many events have been planned by India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Also, Indian Consulate will join in by holding a flagship Yoga event. The event will be called  ‘Recharge at Battery Park’and in this many Yoga sessions will be conducted.

Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary General Maria Luiza Ribeiro and President of the General Assembly Ambassador Peter Thomson are special guests on the occasion.

On June 21, the mission will organise ‘Conversation on Yoga for Health’ at the UN in association with Department of Public Information and World Health Organisation.

Speakers at the event will include Kher, World Health Organisation Executive Director Nata Menabde, Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Former NFL athlete turned yogi Keith Mitchell, Bluechip Marketing Worldwide CEO Stanton Kawer and Swami Sivadasananda.

This year, the United Nations will also issue special stamps commemorating Yoga Day. The special sheet consists of stamps with images of the sacred Indian sound ‘Om’ and various yogic asanas.

(With PTI Inputs)