"The First Green of Spring" (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On the afternoon of March 13, Falun Gong practitioners from the Washington DC area participated in the St. Patrick's Day parade on Constitution Ave.
This is the second consecutive year that DC practitioners have participated in this event. Mr. Wang, a computer engineer, said, "Falun Gong has been accepted by more and more different ethnic groups. We are happy to share this health-improvement exercise with everyone. Falun Gong belongs to the world."
For St. Patrick's Day, the practitioners made a green banner bearing both the Chinese and English name of Falun Dafa. On the carefully decorated float, Falun Gong practitioners of different ethnicities and young practitioners performed the beautiful exercises. The spectators gave them warm applause. Falun Gong's celestial maiden dance team and dragon dance team also brought more color to the parade. When Falun Gong practitioners were passing the platform, the host announced that Falun Gong had spread throughout the world and thanked the practitioners.
Ms. Ye, who was distributing flyers, said, "I felt the people were eager to know about Falun Gong. The flyers were passed out quickly."
Every year, March 17 is a traditional Irish holiday to commemorate a Saint in history named Patrick. Usually, on the Sunday before March 17, many major cities of North America will have a St. Patrick's Day Parade. People dress in green to parade or watch the parade. There is another reason for the world to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It is also the time when spring is coming, so many people also call the green in St. Patrick's Day "The First Green of Spring."