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10th International Day Celebration at UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort

Posted on: June 21, 2024 | Back | Print

The Consulate General of India in Hambantota organized a grand celebration of the 10th International Day of Yoga (IDY) at the UNESCO Heritage Galle Fort. The event was graced by Mr. Sumith Alahakoon, Chief Secretary of the Southern Province, as the Guest of Honor.


2.         The theme for this years International Day of Yoga was "Yoga for Self and Society," highlighting the transformative power of yoga in fostering individual well-being and societal harmony. This event propagated the theme by emphasizing the collective benefits of yoga practices in promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health among diverse groups within the community.


3.         Several dignitaries attended the celebration, including Mr. W A Dharmasiri, District Secretary of Galle District; Mr. Bimal De Silva, Secretary of the Ministry of Sports & Cultural Affairs; and Mr. A.U Welarathne, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture. Their presence underscored the significant support and recognition of yogas role in enhancing overall health and societal well-being.


4.         The event commenced with a warm welcome speech by Shri Harvinder Singh, Consul General of India in Hambantota. He emphasized the global significance of yoga as a holistic practice that unites physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, reflecting the essence of the IDY 2024 theme.


5.         More than 400 yoga enthusiasts gathered for the celebration, including officials from the Southern Provincial Ministry Complex, officers from the Sri Lankan Army 2nd Volunteer Battalion of Gamunu Watch, Navy officers from SLNS Dakshina and SLNS Nipuna, Air Force officers from Koggala Air Force Base, commissioners, officials, and children from the Southern Provincial Department of Probation, as well as principals, teachers, and students from various schools and yoga studios in Galle.


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