International Day of Yoga 2021 in Ethiopia – 100 events (1 July 2021)
Embassy of India in Addis Ababa celebrated IDY 2021 as part of India@75 celebrations and organized 100 events which included yoga sessions at universities, factories, schools and community associations.
The following events were organized :
(i) Universities: Yoga sessions were organized at 26 public universities in Ethiopia. Indian professors and lecturers actively participated in holding these events. The yoga sessions were well appreciated by the Universities and proved to be an effective instrument for publicity of Yoga.
(ii) Schools: Yoga sessions for the students of Nativity Girls Schools and Nazareth School (both in Addis Ababa) were held in which the students participated with great enthusiasm.
(iii) Factories: 43 Indian factories organized yoga sessions in their premises, where Indian and Ethiopian nationals participated in the sessions.
(iv) Community events: Yoga Sessions were organized for various Indian community associations – Indian Women’s Association, Tamil Sangam, Kerala Samajam, Telgu Association, Durga Puja Committee and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh. Two virtual yoga sessions were held.
(v) Main IDY event: The main IDY event was held on 27th June 2021 at the Embassy which was attended by more than 250 yoga enthusiasts.
(vi) Other events: During the month, Mission also organized a yoga seminar. A yoga session was also held at the prestigious Unity Park in Addis Ababa, which is located next to the Prime Minister’s Office. Other events included online yoga classes, Yoga quiz for Indian Women’s Association, Online Yoga Quiz and Drawing competitions for children, Online Yoga Quiz competition for community and yoga demonstrations at popular monuments / parks – Lion of Judah Monument, Tiglachen Monument, Menelik II Square, Friendship park and Entoto Park.
The events spread awareness about yoga among hundreds of Ethiopians. Yoga events on so large scale across the country contributed significantly to promotion of yoga.
1 July 2021