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UN to issue 10 stamps of 'asanas' on International Yoga Day

India TV News Desk United Nations 19 Apr 2017, 10:08:21 IST
India TV News Desk

To commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has decided to issue a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses).

The 10 stamps of USD 1.15 denomination each depict a different yoga pose next to a large 'Om' in Devanagri script.

The stamps are on a single sheet with a picture of the UN Secretariat building that has International Day of Yoga projected on it.

In 2016, the UNPA issued a stamp in honour of MS Subbalakshmi, the classical Carnatic music singer, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her 1966 concert at the UN.

The UN stamps can be used for posting letters and packages internationally from UN facilities in New York, Geneva and Vienna.

However, the yoga stamps would be issued only in the US dollar denomination in New York.

International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested the date of June 21, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares special significance in many parts of the world.

With IANS Inputs