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India to hold yoga, cultural fest in Hungary

IANS | New Delhi |

Promoting ancient Indian tradition of de-stressing though control of the body and mind, the Indian Embassy is hosting a three-day yoga and cultural festival across 15 cities in Hungary this week, an official said on Thursday.

"We are organising the second edition of Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India and the third International Day of Yoga in 15 cities from June 23 to 25," an official statement quoted Indian Ambassador to Hungary Rahul Chhabra as saying.

He said the cities where both the festivals would be held included Budapest, Balatonfured, Debrecen, Eger, Esztergom, Gyor, Nagykanizsa, Nagykoros, Miscolc and Pecs.

On June 24 and 25, besides yoga practices and workshops, Indian culture comprising dance, music, food and Bollywood movies will be showcased. They will be open to the public free of cost.

Chhabra said for the first time ever the historic Chain Bridge was lit up with Indian colours and motifs on Wednesday to mark the International Yoga Day.

The festival kickstarts celebrations of the 70th anniversary of India's independence.

"In Szentendre, which is a historic city on the banks of Danube river, a ceremony of mixing waters of the Ganga and the Danube will be performed, symbolising the confluence of two cultures," he said.

During the ceremony, religious ceremonies, including worship of both the rivers, will be done.

The Ambassador said several Mayors had contacted the Indian embassy to include more cities in the cultural festival in view of its huge success last year.