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Holi Celebrated During IYF 2018

Mar 02 2018

Holi Celebrated During IYF 2018

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Holi Played with Yogis from Over 100 Nations & Renowned Percussionist Sivamani on Second Day of International Yoga Festival

RISHIKESH- The colours of Parmarth Niketan Ashram today became brighter as participants from over 100 nations enjoyed a special Holi. Joining the festivities were HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan and internationally-renowned percussionist, Sivamani.

The festivities, which took place during Parmarth Niketan’s annual world-famous International Yoga Festival, used organic colours in order to send a message to the world that celebration and environmental conservation should go hand-in-hand.

Organized under the guidance and inspiration of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President, Parmarth Niketan and Founder, Ganga Action Parivar, the globally-renowned annual International Yoga Festival is being attended by nearly two thousand people, who are coming from across the world to take part in inspiring lectures and courses by over 80 revered saints, yogacharyas, presenters and experts who are teaching nearly 200 offerings throughout the week.

Said HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan and Founder, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance India, “Today, people from across the world enjoyed the colours of Holi in a way that will protect our environment and our health. Let this serve as an example for everyone, everywhere, so that all festivals may become green festivals. It is also a beautiful example of the deep and universal meaning of Indian holidays. They teach us how to make our holidays into holy days!”

Said Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Director, International Yoga Festival, “Today’s beautiful celebrations brought the world together in song, dance, joy and colours. We celebrated Holi because we want everyone to return to their 100 nations with their hearts coloured in the colour of yoga, the colour of union, the colour of oneness and peace. The colours on our faces will wash right off, but the colour on our hearts is what everyone will take home with them and be true ambassadors of yoga, of peace and of environmental protection.”

About the International Yoga Festival:

The International Yoga Festival is jointly organized by AYUSH and Parmarth Niketan Ashram.

Since 1999, Parmarth Niketan has been hosting this world renowned event which has grown to international acclaim and which grows in size year after year.

Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to participate in this program. This year there are more than 70 presenters, giving nearly 150 classes, from 4:00 am until 9:30 pm.

Ashtanga Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Bharat Yoga, Deep Yoga, Shintoh Yoga and Somatics Yoga are just a few of the more than 60 different offerings throughout the week. There are also classes in meditation, mudras, Sanskrit chanting, reiki, Indian philosophy and much more. Further, spiritual discourses will be held by revered spiritual leaders from India and abroad.

There will also be cultural dance/music performances highlighting the culture of this Himalayan Garhwal region as well as music from musicians from all over the world.

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