EMBASSY OF INDIA
June 22, 2016
Commemoration of the Second International Day of Yoga at the Atrium City Hall in The Hague on 18 June 2016
The Embassy of India and The Gandhi Centre, the cultural wing of the Embassy of India, organized a grand event on 18 June 2016 to commemorate the Second International Day of Yoga. The event was held in the Atrium City Hall of The Hague, one of the most prestigious venues in the Netherlands which was provided by the Hague City Council.
The event saw the enthusiastic participation of over 650 people including members of the diplomatic corps, Dutch, Surinami-Hindustani and Indian communities. The Chief Guest for the event, Deputy Mayor of The Hague Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh and Ambassador of India to the Netherlands Mr. J.S. Mukul spoke on the significance of Yoga in the modern times. The event also included a mass yoga session led by Mr. Amit Khanna, Yoga Expert and Yoga Teacher at The Gandhi Centre. The participants performed the Common Yoga Protocol, which was screened on three large sized plasma screens in the hall. They were provided with white t-shirts with the IDY logo and light refreshments. Yoga mats were also made available.
The event was organized in association with a number of organizations including The Hague City Council, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, India Tourism Amsterdam, Art of Living Foundation, ISHA Foundation, The Netherlands-India Association and Taj Events among others. It also saw the participation of a large number of volunteers including Miss India Holland 2016 Ms. Sharon Jagesar. There was wide coverage of IDY-2016 in the Dutch media before, during and after the event.
Overall IDY-2016 was very well received and well attended by participants who also came from other cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht and Breda. Despite inclement weather men, women and children turned out in large numbers and gathered together for the cause of and their interest in yoga, proving that the message of yoga has spread far and wide in the Netherlands. This year’s turnout of over 650 participants exceeded that of last year making it the largest yoga event in the Netherlands.