Bangladesh celebrates International Yoga Day with fervour

first_imgBangladesh celebrated the third edition of the International Yoga Day with huge enthusiasm. The lead event was held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, organised by the Indian High Commission.Scores of people along with many celebrities attended the event which began at 5.30 AM and continued till 8.30 AM. Many organizations in the country organized the yoga eve in Dhaka as well as Chittagong.Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, State Minister of Sports Dr. Biren Sikder, Director General of Bangladesh Television M Hamid were among those who attended the event. The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, also attend the programme which is being held for the third time in Bangladesh.Shringla welcomed the guests and then launched the Yoga App and special edition of ‘Bharat Vichitra’.By 7.30 am, advanced yoga asanas were demonstrated by Indian gurus Sumit Kumar and Aditi Guin, followed by similar demonstrations by Yoga gurus from Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Yoga Association and Indira Gandhi Cultural Center, supervised the event .’YOGA is not a religious issue’Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament, was the chief guest of the event. Chaudhary told that, in addition to the physical and emotional bonding, yoga is recognized as an ancient heritage. There is no relation of religion with Yoga.She also stated, “Yoga is considered to be very effective form of exercise. Therefore, on June 21, 2014, it was recognized as International Yoga Day. I’m glad that this event received a positive response in Bangladesh.”advertisementSports Minister Biren Sikder, who actively participated in the previous sessions said, “To reduce mental stress yoga is very efficient.”Harsh Vardhana Shringla said, yoga is not just physical practice, it is the perfect method of good health. Yoga has spread the charm among man and nature, he added.Massive TurnoutAccording to the High Commission, over 3500 people attended the yoga session. Students from various schools in Dhaka also took part in the event. After the event, Bangladeshi pop singer Mehreen Mahmud told that, yoga is very important for the body. To protect health and to reduce mental stress, yoga helps anyone very effectively.Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia told that, it helps prevent lifestyle diseases and reduce the risk of depression. Yoga can be practised at all ages.After the declaration of International Yoga Day, in 2014, Bangladesh observed the first event in National Museum, organized by Bangladesh Yoga Association. Last year, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka organized a yoga session at the Mirpur indoor stadium in Dhaka.Also Read:International Yoga Day: Yoga is about an inexpensive health assurance, says PM ModiInternational Yoga Day: Tight security at Delhi’s Connaught Place Beijing celebrates International Yoga Day at Great Wall of ChinaRamdev dedicates International Yoga Day to farmersALSO WATCH | International Yoga Day: PM Modi performs asana in Lucknow, says Yoga’s standardisation is taking placelast_img read more