The Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (Ayush) ministry celebrated the first Naturopathy Day with the aim of promoting the drug-less system of medicine to prevent diseases by altering the diet and lifestyle.
The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on June 21 since 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has first proposed the idea in his first UN General Assembly speech in 2014.
Two months later, the government created a separate ministry for the traditional medicine system.
Ayurveda Day, which is marked on November 5 every year, was first celebrated in 2016.
Last year came the Unani Day, which was celebrated on February 11.
All six systems got a day with the declaration of two days this year – January 4 as Siddha Day and November 18 as Naturopathy Day.
Homeopathy, being a German system of alternative medicine, has a World Homeopathy day. It is celebrated on April 10 on the birthday of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy.