Over 35,000 people attended the 35-minute yoga session on Rajpath in New Delhi aimed at setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest yoga class at a single venue. The grand event, also featuring bureaucrats, ministers and soldiers had trained for days. Similar yoga events took place simultaneously across India in parks, churches, homes, on military ships, army bases in the desert and snow and even mid-air on some flights. The day was celebrated around the world. Of the 193 UN member countries, celebrations were held in 192 countries – the exception being Yemen, because of the conflict there, with events held in 251 cities in six continents. Billed as one to promote “harmony and peace”, it hit a controversial note with some Muslim organisations saying yoga is essentially a Hindu religious practice and is against Islam.