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When: the date is June 21st, and in case you haven’t checked your calendar, that’s today!
Where: yoga-wise, the location is set for the whole world. yes, yoga day has been an internationally celebrated day since the United Nations declared it an official holiday 5 years ago.
But summer solstice wise, although solstices happen at the same time around the world, the northern hemisphere we’ll be the one welcoming the summer season.
Meaning the southern part of the planet –that’s south of the Equator– will be celebrating the arrival of winter.
–‘cause you’re hot, then you’re cold.
you’re yes, then you’re no.
you’re in, then you’re out.
you’re up, then you’re down–
It’s officially summer, we’re feeling it, the words matched the vibe… ok! bad joke. nevermind.
But basically yes, we said it. the words you’ve been waiting for all year: it’s summa time, gurls! plus today the entire planet is doing yoga as you read, whether outdoors here in the north, or wearing warmers underneath down south.
Can we say –not counting Christmas and my birthday– that today is the best day of the entire year? what are YOU waiting for to join in on the fun? ok, finish reading this and then you have permission to go. cool? cool!
Now, onto why: because of climatology, astronomy, duh!
But going deeper into the subject let us learn a little: twice each year, the Earth's axis is tilted the most closely toward the sun, making the hemisphere closest to our bright star, at the moment of the solstice, the one that sees its longest day.
Which right now, we already told you, is the northern one. can you hear us scream “yass”? sorry for you, southern hemisphere winter gals!
And because India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea of an International Yoga Day during a speech at the UN General Assembly [UNGA] on September 27, 2014.
A draft resolution on the subject was then introduced afterward by India's Ambassador to the UN, Asoke Kumar Mukerji, receiving support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UNGA resolution ever. cool, huh?
But what’s cooler is the meaning of the word yoga. It comes from Sanskrit and means to join, unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. namaste.
What a better way to pass a resolution for its worldwide celebration than almost all countries in the world uniting to sponsor it, right?
The coolest of it all? honoring the amazing art of yoga on the same day we embrace longer days, white leggings and summer jams.