This is a very special day as it falls on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, a wonderful time to recollect the gifts of the sun as well as the entire universe. At the suggestion of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, June 21st was declared International Yoga Day in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly, promoting yoga’s amazing impacts on the mind and body. International Yoga Day is recognized and celebrated in over 170 countries.
Indeed, the youth play an important role in nation building. Youth are the leaders of tomorrow, as well as the participants in the change that is taking place today. They are a crucial part of development of a society.
In the Dwapara Yuga, you came to us, and divined the Bhagavad Gita, the great treatise of Yoga.
Till now in the Kali Yuga, we are mesmerized by your form, your thought, your action. The stories of your Leelas have been passed down from one generation to the next, through storytelling under banyan trees, to enacted plays, and even TV series and movies. Regardless of religious background, all Indians are familiar with the stories of Lord Krishna.
It's not just a country, it's an emotion. We call it "Bharat Mata". A mother loves us and takes care of us, and she also cultivates the ethical and divine qualities within us.
The international community celebrates World Humanitarian Day since 19th August 2009, to pay tribute to the people who have lost their lives and made sacrifice in 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq which killed 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Sergio and thousands like him who work for humanitarian causes and make world a better place!