How India plans to celebrate International Yoga Day

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In 2014, the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day, supported by 190 countries. Last year, India, along with the rest of the world, celebrated the first International Yoga Day, on a massive scale.

In the process, the Indian government's festivities at Delhi set two Guinness World Records, for the largest yoga class attended by 36,000 people and for the largest number of nationalities at a yoga event. This year's celebrations for the second International Day of Yoga promise to be equally grand.

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Over 100,000 yoga programmes will be organised across the country on June 21, with the main event being held at Chandigarh's Capitol Complex. Nearly 35,000 people, led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are expected to participate in the event at Chandigarh. On the morning of June 21, these participants dressed in identical white T-shirts and blue or black lowers, will perform yoga poses on blue and pink mats with the Yoga Day logo at Chandigarh. In the run-up to the International Yoga Day, rehearsal, workships and camps have been held across the country over the last month.

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A man adjusts a mat after heavy rains at one of the venues of yoga camp on the eve of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
People take shelter under a mat as it rains at one of the venues of yoga camp on the eve of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
A health worker fumigates one of the venues of yoga camp on the eve of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Soldiers practice yoga during a rehearsal on the eve of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Soldiers practice yoga during a rehearsal on the eve of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Soldiers practice yoga during a rehearsal on the eve of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Soldiers practice yoga during a rehearsal on the eve of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Participants perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma 
Participants perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Participants perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Chandigarh, India, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Students practice yoga during a training session ahead of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Students practice yoga during a training session ahead of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave 
Students perform yoga during full dress rehearsal ahead of World Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, India, June 19, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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In India's capital Delhi, a total of 10,000 participants will perform yoga at various locations. Around 57 ministers from the Indian government will lead yoga programmes across the country. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the government also plans to run 104 medical helplines to answer questions on various yoga poses, meditation and breathing exercises.

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