International Yoga Day was celebrated in China on Sunday with reserved events due to the coronavirus pandemic and tensions along the line of actual control or LAC. China, where yoga was popular, has been celebrating this occasion with numerous events since it was founded by the United Nations in 2014.
This year the main event was held at India House, where Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri led the celebration of International Yoga Day with the participation of Indian, foreign diplomats and their families.
Mr Misri said that this year's program was "full of challenges". "Despite the challenges we faced, we had thought of a larger-scale event, but with the recent outbreak of the corona virus in Beijing, we need to reduce our plans to make it a minor event," he said.
"If the pictures of it go home, there will still be a little surprise for many of our friends in India who see that we actually managed to host the IYD outdoors, not only with our families but also with friends who are also our extended family, "added Misri.
China has seen new cases of coronavirus in recent weeks after being able to control the contagious viral disease after it first broke out in Wuhan last year. The NHC said on Saturday that the Chinese mainland has reported 83,352 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 4,634 deaths.
The officials claimed that the new virus strain in Beijing came from Europe.
Mr. Misri said the value of yoga is much greater than ever.
"In these times, the value of yoga is much greater than ever. The burdens we face in the COVID-19 era may be very well addressed through yoga technology," he said.
According to media reports, only a few yoga associations in China have held yoga day events on this occasion.
In Beijing, Yogi Yoga, a popular yoga institution with offices across China, held an online yoga conference, according to its founder Mohan Singh Bhandari. Given the popularity of yoga, China has partnered with India to set up a yoga college at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan Province.
The reluctant yoga events also take place against the background of the violent clash between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday.