International Yoga Day 2019: Over 2500 register for the event in Washington on June 21; vegetarian food fest scheduled after celebrations

The iconic Washington Monument is set to observe a record of sorts on Sunday when more than 2,500 people will assemble in the United States capital to meditate and celebrate the fifth International Day of Yoga by flexing their body in multiple complex postures.

For the third time, the Washington Monument — that faces the National Mall overlooking the US Congress — would host the International Yoga Day celebrations.

This would be possibly the biggest gathering of a free yoga event in Washington, given the craze of health-conscious people.

So far, over 2,500 people have registered for the event on June 16. Following a suggestion by India on December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

“We are seeing a robust response to our call for participation at the fifth International Day of Yoga at the iconic Washington Monument on Sunday, June 16. The event has already received over 2,500 registrations,” the Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.

The event is being organised by the Indian Embassy in association with more than 20 organisations.

And as an added incentive, Shringla said, the embassy has scheduled a vegetarian food festival immediately after the yoga event as part the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.