2017, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

TYPE:
ANNIVERSARY DAY
DATE OF ISSUE:
21st June 2017
ISSUED BY:
UN Postal Administration
TOTAL STAMPS PRINTED:
75000
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To commemorate the International Day of Yoga, the UN Postal Administration issued this special stamps event sheet consisting of 10 stamps of $1.15 denomination, each depicting various yoga postures and the sacred “Om” symbol on 21 June 2017. The date of issuance coincided with the third International Day of Yoga.
The stamps are on a single sheet with a picture of the UN headquarters, with the International Day of Yoga projected on it.

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An International Day of Yoga was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, He said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well–being . . . Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”

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India Post issued a commemorative stamp on the first
International Day of Yoga in 2015.

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Yogi Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev marking Yoga Day at UN
Headquarters, 2016. Photo: United Nations.

In just 75 days from the proposal, on 11 December 2014, the UN proclaimed 21 June as International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131

Watch a special interview with Ambassador Asoke Mukerji, Permanent Representative of India to the UN 2013 - 2015, on the International Day of Yoga.

Mogens Lykketoft (left), President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly; and his wife, Mette Holm (right) participating in, International Day of Yoga 2016. Photo:United Nations

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Participants practice yoga during a special event celebrating the first International Day of Yoga at UN Headquarters. Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Today, it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.