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3rd International Day of Yoga in Jordan

Embassy of India, Amman in cooperation with the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan celebrated 3rd International Day of Yoga in Amman on 21 June 2017 from 1700 – 1930 hrs at the historic and iconic site of Citadel (Jabal Al Qala’a). The event was celebrated for third consecutive year by the Embassy of India in Amman, through an invitation open to general public at an open-air location in one of the prime tourist spots of the Jordanian capital.

2. At the beginning of the event, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi’s message on the occasion of International Day of Yoga was played on video screens installed at the venue in both English and Arabic languages. This was followed by the inaugural address by the Ambassador who apprised the audience of around 400 at the venue of the importance of the International Day of Yoga and encouraged people to adopt Yoga for a healthy lifestyle. In his speech, the Chief Guest on the occasion, Mr. Hditha Al Khreisha the Hon’ble Minister of Youth of the Government of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan noted his Ministry’s activities that advance discipline and promote a healthy lifestyle. Hon’ble Minister said that activities that adopt humane traits have a direct influence on human interactions. The event was patronized by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan whose Secretary General H.E. Mr. Issa Gammoh, was also present on the occasion.

3. The event was very well received in Amman and the huge turnout of people during the holy fasting month of Ramadan demonstrated the rising popularity of Yoga and its followers in Jordan. A large number of yoga enthusiasts from Jordan, India and different nationalities took part in the event and experienced yoga session at the scenic Amman Citadel. They included officials, diplomatic corps, media, members of yoga associations, members of the Jordan India Friendship Society, and friends of India in Jordan. Embassy’s Facebook Live feed also got tremendous viewership on the day.

4. In organising an event of this scale and grandeur, Mission was voluntarily assisted by two local Indian organisations, M/s. Classic Fashion who helped with procuring of T-shirts and Snack box for the entire audience at the event. M/s. United Creations assisted the Mission by providing yoga mats for the occasion and voluntarily agreeing to provide part logistical arrangements at the site of International Yoga Day – 2017. Yoga instructors from 8 different Yoga training institutes in Amman then guided the audience through various yoga poses contained in the Common Yoga Protocol prescribed by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India. The audience enjoyed participating in the step-by-step instructions given by the Yoga instructors. The gathering was also given a demonstration of AcroYoga which involved fusion of Yoga with Acrobatics.

5. The assistance of all the yoga institutes and partners was duly recognised and all of them were presented Certificates of Appreciation during the event at the hands of the Chief Guest, Ambassador and the Guest of Honour. 

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