Journey of the Lotus Flower (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) May is a festive time in Massachusetts, and adding to it was the lotus flowers made by Massachusetts Falun Gong practitioners. In the month of May, the local government and officials gave many proclamations for Falun Dafa and Mr. Li on the occasion of World Falun Dafa Day and denounced the persecution in China.
Making paper lotus flowers
In early May, practitioners visited the state government and many city and county governments with their handmade paper lotus flowers to show our appreciation for their continuous support over the past five years and to invite them to join the "World Falun Dafa Day" celebration.
The paper lotus flower is lovely but takes a lot of effort to make. It is safe to say that the practitioners truly put their hearts into making them. According to Ms. Su Daiyi, who participated in the flower making, each paper lotus flower involves cutting, folding, binding, stretch the petals, adding the center, and writing the card. On average one flower takes about 45 minutes to make. Making nearly one thousand lotus flowers was a long and difficult project.
When asked if making the flowers was too complex and time consuming, another participant Dianne Daily said, "We never felt that it was hard or a waste of time. Actually, the process was very pleasant. These lotus flowers are so beautiful, and we are sharing the beauty with other people. When people see the flowers, the kindness and beauty in their hearts will be awakened, and it will help them to support "Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance" and condemn the persecution."
Thanks to the practitioners' persistent efforts, hundreds of lotus flowers and the message that practitioners took with them moved the hearts of government officials at many levels. In the weeks around World Falun Dafa Day, Massachusetts Falun Gong practitioners received a lot of award certificates and proclamations.
Linda Lank, the assistant to State Senator Diane Wilkerson, stated when she proclaimed "Falun Dafa Week" in person, that they usually issue proclamations to organizations or individuals. But the proclamation for Falun Dafa was different. Because of the beauty of Falun Dafa, she made sure to write the best things in the proclamation letter.
(List of proclamations omitted)