Morocco Observes Yoga Day at The Kasbah des Oudaya

The Indian Embassy partnered with native Yoga organizations and mentors to arrange Yoga sessions in Rabat, Sale, Marrakech, Kenitra, Casablanca, and Tangier throughout June.
Yoga lovers marked the International Day of Yoga 2022 at Kasbah des Oudaya, Rabat.
Yoga lovers marked the International Day of Yoga 2022 at Kasbah des Oudaya, Rabat. Indian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco
The UNESCO World Heritage Site offered a refreshing view to Yoga enthusiasts.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site offered a refreshing view to Yoga enthusiasts.Indian Embassy in Rabat, Morocco

By Himani Bhatt

To commemorate the 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY), the Indian Embassy in Rabat arranged a Yoga session on June 21 at Kasbah des Oudaya in the capital. Various Yoga enthusiasts assembled at the UNESCO World Heritage Site to observe the "Yoga for Humanity" themed celebrations. The function was also part of a unique and creative program, "Guardian Ring for Yoga: One Sun, One Earth."

This initiative entails the Indian national channel Doordarshan’s broadcasting Yoga celebrations from East to West across the Globe.

The Indian Embassy in Morocco has been coordinating the IDY celebrations since 2014. This year, it collaborated with regional Yoga trainers and associations to conduct several Yoga events in Sale, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Kenitra, and Tangier throughout June. Mission also organized a two-day Yoga session in partnership with Soham Yoga center at Les Etoiles Cultural center on June 18-19 in Marrakech.

As part of weeklong functions to honor the IDY, the Indian Ambassador in Rabat, Rajesh Vaishnaw, planted an Indian Herb Garden on June 17 at the Embassy office.

The Yoga events began with the curtain-raiser function on June 10 in Sale. Then, the Indian Embassy organized a Yoga workshop at School Groupe Scolaire Maarif, where 200 passionate students keenly learned about the Yogic discipline and performed asanas.

India And Morocco — The Cultural Context

Morocco has always been interested in Indian art and culture. So, the Indian Embassy generally organizes many events to support Indian culture, like virtual narrations of historical events in India. On April 27, the Ambassador also planted curry trees, famous for their dietary uses and usage in AYUSH for their healing properties, at Ecole de Jardinage Rabat. Also, Hindi films are prevalent in Morocco, and Moroccan TV also broadcasts the Indian feature films weekly.

Over the last few years, artists exhibiting the diversified aspects of Indian traditional dance and music have visited Morocco under the Cultural Exchange program. In addition, since 2016, the Indian Embassy has been arranging Holi festivities in partnership with a cultural group in Casablanca, Association Nationale d'Amitié Maroco-Asiatique (ANAMA).

In addition, the Embassy regularly conducts events like India Day, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Namaste India, and Festival of India (jointly collaborated with native cultural establishments).

Also, Mission has been engaging with all shareholders to execute various programs for celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. It is an Indian government initiative to honor the 75 years of India's Independence.

India-Morocco Bilateral Relations

The India-Morocco relationship dates back to the 14th century. Over time, both nations have relished friendly and generous relations.

The Indian diaspora in Morocco amounts to about 600 individuals, including Indian employees working with Morocco-based Indian multinationals and firms.

The Indian Embassy in Rabat recently invited people of Indian descent to register on the Global Pravasi Rishta portal. It includes Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs), Non-Resident Indians (NRI), Indian students, and employed Indians in Morocco.

Besides impressive cultural partnerships, both countries share a cordial relationship on commercial fronts. Also, Morocco was one of the first nations to get Covishield through the Serum Institute of India (SII) with a total of 7 million doses.

India provided an extensive quantity of medicine to Morocco to battle against the Coronavirus. Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) courses are also pretty famous in Morocco, and overall, 470 Moroccan citizens have attended these courses.

Morocco has been allocated 13 scholarship slots under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Africa Scholarship plans. India has also been one of the crucial marketplaces for Moroccan phosphates and their derivatives.

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