More than a thousand people took part in several events across Australia to mark the day, with Prime Minister Tony Abott appreciating Yoga's universal appeal.

Melbourne saw over 500 people gathered at the Springers Leisure Centre to kick off the day with 'Surya Namaskar' and bending and twisting their bodies in complex postures.

Several MPs including Victoria's speaker Telmo Languiller, Inga Peulich, Anthony Byrne attended the ceremony by lighting the lamp in the presence of Indian consul-general in Melbourne Manika Jain. Yoga events were also held at Sydney's popular Bondi beach and in the Australian capital Canberra.

In the UK, hundreds gathered across cities to celebrate the day with the main event on the bank of the river Thames in London. It was held at Bernie-Spain Garden, on the South Bank of Thames.

In China, events were organised at the prestigious Peking University and Geely University. People from different walks of life took part in the exercise. About a week ahead of the International Yoga Day, the India-China Yoga college was inaugurated at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming, the first such college in the country.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his excitement at the first International Day of Yoga during his meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New York, saying the day has garnered "unprecedented" enthusiasm around the world.

More than 4,000 people participated in a two-hour programme held at 50 centres across Singapore. The event was led by High Commissioner Vijay Thakur Singh and Singapore's Minister in The Prime Minister's Office, Grace Fu.

In Thailand, an open field at a Bangkok university was turned into a "yoga studio" as thousands of Thais, Indians and other expatriates gathered to celebrate the day.

More than 7,400 people were on the grounds at Chulalongkorn University to participate in the event organised by the Indian Embassy. Similar events were also held at Chiangmai, Phuket and Pattaya.

In Vietnam, hundreds took part in the celebrations at Hanoi's Quan Ngua Sports Palace, and in Ho Chi Minh city and seven other provinces. In Hanoi, at least 4,000 spectators watched 800 people perform yoga asanas. In Ho Chi Minh, there was a turnout of 3,000 people who watched 500 people do yoga.

The International Day for Yoga was also held across Japan. India's Ambassador to Japan Deepa Wadhwa said Tokyo itself had several events on the Yoga Day.

177 nations, out of 193 member states of the UN joined as co-sponsors, creating a new record for the highest number of co-sponsoring countries ever for an UNGA Resolution of such nature.

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