International day of Yoga 2018
The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City organized the 4th International day of Yoga in the early morning of Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Ho Xuan Huong Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City. More than 550 people participated in the 4th IDY in Ho Chi Minh City. The dignitaries who attended the event were Mr. Mai Ba Hung, Deputy Director, Department of Culture & Sports; Mr. Trinh Huu Loc, Vice President Standing, Ho Chi Minh City Health Preservation Association; Mr. Ly Dai Nghia, Deputy Director, Ho Chi Minh City Physical Training and Competition Center; Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Diem, Vice Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO); Ms. Ho Thi Trinh Anh, Vice Chairwoman of Vietnam – India Friendship Association (VIFA); Most Venerable Thich Thien Tam, Vice President of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha; Mrs. Nguyễn Thị Hoài, Chairwoman of HCMC Yoga Sub – Association and Ms. Nguyen Thanh Loan, Director of Bao Viet Life Insurance, Gia Dinh Branch.
Welcoming the yoga enthusiasts, Consul General Dr. K. Srikar Reddy counted the manifold blessings of a daily practice of yoga in improving the quality of life; bringing balance and harmony; reducing stress and raising individual capacity for greater contribution to a peaceful and progressive world. He expressed a firm belief that the word ‘Yoga’ which also means ‘to unite’ will play a binding role in further cementing the people-to-people relationship between India and Vietnam. The popularity of Yoga is soaring in Vietnam, and associated health benefits should bring more people into its fold. Speaking at the event, Mr. Mai Ba Hung, Deputy Director of Department of Culture and Sports of HCMC said that the yoga had grown tremendously in HCMC in terms of the number of practitioners and that he would like to convey his sincere thanks to India for promoting yoga for healthy society and the Consulate for organising the IDY not only in Ho Chi Minh City but in many other cities in Vietnam.
The demonstration of Yoga Protocols started after a screening of Prime Minister’s message along with messages of Minister of External Affairs and Minister of AYUSH on the occasion of 4th IDY (subtitled in Vietnamese) and Kathak dance performance and was followed by Shanti Prarthna. The Yoga protocol was performed on stage by Yoga Instructor from Indian Culture Centre, Hanoi who was joined by 12 yoga instructors from HCMC Yoga Sub Association.
The Consulate received the kind support of all the Ho Chi Minh City Government authorities, especially Departments of External Relations, Culture, Sports; Friendship associations - HUFO and VIFA; Vietnam Buddhist Sangha; Sub-Yoga Association and Federation of Yoga; and scores of yoga enthusiasts in organizing the 4th International Day of Yoga. The event was co-sponsored by Baoviet Life Insurance Company.
Apart from Ho Chi Minh City, 4th International Day of Yoga was also celebrated in Hanoi and Dak Lak on 16 June 2018 and Tien Giang on 22 June 2018. The southern provinces of Kien Giang (26 June), Gia Lai (28 June), Nha Trang (7 July) and Dong Nai (15 July) also propose to celebrate the 4th International Day of Yoga.