Egypt gears up to celebrate Yoga Day

By Youssra el-Sharkawy

cairo, Jun 19 Egypt is gearing up to celebrate the third International Day of Yoga with several events lined up across the country to mark the day.

In addition to Cairo, the celebrations this year will expand to Alexandria and Ismailia, India‘s Ambassador to Cairo Sanjay Bhattacharyya told PTI.

The Indian Embassy in collaboration of Egyptian government has organised several events to celebrate the UN International Day of Yoga on June 21.

“The preparations of Yoga Day are really a preparation for spreading the message of yoga which is essentially about peace and harmony and how it promotes the universal sense of camaraderie of friendship and in order to do that we have worked through the year,” the Ambassador said.

Bhattacharyya also added this time is very special as there is a strong connection between the spirit of yoga and the spirit of Ramadan.

“We’re also planing to organise a couple of flash mobs; one at the Pyramids, one at Qasr el-Nil (downtown) and one at Tahrir Square. What we are also trying to do is to bring children from an orphanage to join us on the Day of Yoga,” Ambassador Bhattacharyya added.

Squash player Nour el-Sherbini, whose rank is the second worldwide, will be the chief guest during Alexandria’s celebration of the Yoga Day.

“I think this will be a very big message from within Egypt when somebody like Nour comes and practice yoga on the day of yoga,” the Ambassador explained.

The celebration of the International Day of Yoga in Cairo will be in the Baron Empain Palace, aka El Palais Hindou, which is a distinctive historic Indian-inspired mansion in Heliopolis, a suburb northeast of central Cairo.

“We chose the Baron Palace this year because it is the only structure in Egypt which has a distinctively Indian architecture style so it will be a good venue for hosting the Day,” the Ambassador explained.

Bhattacharyya also mentioned that there are around 50 schools now in Egypt who are teaching yoga.

“There is much greater practice of…

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