(Clearwisdom.net) On May 13, 2007, several hundred Falun Gong practitioners from Hong Kong held solemn activities, including a rally, parade and large-scale group exercises to celebrate the Eighth Annual World Falun Dafa Day. Many local citizens enjoyed the celebration.

Practitioners held a large-scale group exercise in Victoria Park at 7:00 a.m. After the exercises, a parade led by a waist drum team and large banners started at 10:00 a.m. Many citizens were attracted to it.

Practitioners from Hong Kong wish Master a Happy Birthday and celebrate World Falun Dafa Day

The group exercises

The parade

Distributing flyers

People take photos of practitioners

The parade

The waist drum performance

The rally

Young practitioners play instruments

About 500 practitioners attended the activities this year. This number is the largest in the last few years. Hong Kong and Macau are the only places in China where people can freely practice Falun Gong. Compared to other countries, people in Hong Kong can feel the persecution directly. But the brutal persecution did not scare people, and many practitioners started practicing Falun Gong after the persecution was launched. Mr. Lin and Mr. Hong began practicing last year. They said that they learned about Falun Gong through the The Epoch Times.

New Practitioners Started Practicing Falun Gong After the Persecution was Launched

Mr. Lin said that he started reading The Epoch Times in 2005, and learned about the brutality of the persecution. He said that he was very angry about the persecution, and told many people about it. Last year he borrowed a copy of the book Zhuan Falun and decided to practice Falun Gong. He said that he is not scared of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at all.

Mr. Lin said, "Many people around me said that my temper is getting much better."

Mr. Hong, a new practitioner, also said that his family is happy that he improved his temper after practicing Falun Gong.

Mr. Jian Hongzhang, a spokesman for the Falun Dafa Association in Hong Kong said, "In 2000, May 13 became World Falun Dafa Day. Due to practitioners' efforts, more and more people learned the facts about Falun Gong and the CCP. We hope that more people will recognize the evil nature of the CCP and choose a wonderful future for themselves. We also hope that in the near future we can celebrate the World Falun Dafa Day in China."

Many people accepted the truth-clarifying materials, and some asked for more information about Falun Gong.

Mr. Jin Zhong, chief editor of the journal Open, praised Falun Gong practitioners' spirit. He hopes that practitioners will keep clarifying the facts and spread the beauty of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" around the world.

There were three themes in the parade. The first one was "Falun Dafa is Good." The second is exposing the persecution, and the third is "Looking for the Facts" and "Restoring the Traditional Chinese Culture."

At the end of the parade, practitioners performed dances, songs and played instruments.