On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.
The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:
"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature."
In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, he had said that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.
Today he led the International Yoga Day celebration at Chandigarh and addressed the people there. He began by stating that, "At present, in all parts of the nation people have been connected to Yoga".
He further added that, "The world supported the idea of International Day of Yoga. All sections of society came together in this endeavour".
PM on popularity of Yoga Day, "This is a day linked with good health and now it has become a people's mass movement. Yoga is not about what one will get, it is about what one can give up".
PM on benefits of Yoga, "With zero budget, Yoga provides health assurance. Yoga does not discriminate between rich and poor".
PM talked about two Yoga awards, one international and one for India and added that, "we want to honour those working to popularising Yoga".
Quotable quotes from PM's speech on Yoga Day:
"Let's make Yoga more popular globally. Let India produce good Yoga teachers."
"Yoga will connect you to yourself, which is vital in these times when everyone is so busy."
"Let's focus on one thing in the coming days, how to mitigate diabetes through Yoga. Diabetes can surely be controlled through Yoga."
During the International Yoga Day celebration PM interacted with people doing Yoga at the venue.