Over 5000 attend mega International Day of Yoga celebrations in Nepal

New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) In a testament to the deep-rooted cultural ties between India and Nepal, over 5000 Yoga practitioners participated in the 10th International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations organised across 10 cities and municipalities by the Indian Embassy in Nepal and the Consulate General of India in Birgunj on Friday.

The IDY events were held in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lamjung, Lumbini, Janakpur, Chitwan, Birgunj, Hetauda, Gaur and Pokhariya.

The event at Rangshala Stadium saw the attendance of Gandaki Province Chief Minister Surender Raj Pandey and Pokhara Metropolitan City Mayor Dhana Raj Acharya, who expressed his gratitude for the large-scale celebration and emphasised the importance of making it an annual event to further strengthen cultural ties between the two nations.

Naveen Srivastava, India’s Ambassador to Nepal, also highlighted the benefits of Yoga for self and society and as an important cultural connection between India and Nepal.

Yoga events were also held at several iconic locations across Nepal on Thursday, including Sarangkot, Pumdikot Shiv Mandir and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara.