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International Yoga Day returns to five Indonesian cities

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 18, 2019  /  04:39 pm
International Yoga Day returns to five Indonesian cities

International Yoga Day is commemorated annually on June 21, a date determined by the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year for countries in the northern hemisphere. (ANN/The Star/-)

This year's celebrations for International Yoga Day in Indonesia will be held in Denpasar in Bali, Makassar in South Sulawesi, Surabaya in East Java, Medan in North Sumatra and Yogyakarta. 

The five locations were determined by the Indian Embassy in Indonesia, with the first city, Denpasar, having already hosted its event on Sunday. 

For the remaining four cities, activities will be held on June 23, namely at Losari Beach in Makassar, the Singapore National Academy in Surabaya, Indian Consulate General in Medan and the Prambanan temple in Yogyakarta.

“Hopefully the celebrations for this International Yoga Day will see many young participants, mostly millennials,” said Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Kumar Rawat as quoted by tempo.co on Monday. 

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International Yoga Day is commemorated annually on June 21, a date determined by the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year for countries in the northern hemisphere. The United Nations (UN) officially validated a resolution for International Yoga Day on Dec. 11, 2014. 

The Tourism Ministry's deputy for marketing development II, Nia Niscaya, said yoga was a tourist attraction that was also tied to a certain lifestyle.

“Yoga is, in essence, a special interest," she added.

Nia added that yoga enthusiasts were akin to cycling or diving hobbyists because yoga requires a very specific intent. However, she believes that yoga is more accessible because it does not require specific tools or equipment. (ayr/kes)