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Jerusalem, Israel: Falun Gong Practitioners Participate in Sukkot Parade (Photos)

October 29, 2005 |  

(Clearwisdom.net) Many pilgrims around the world come to Jerusalem and hold a celebration parade every fall during the traditional Sukkot holiday. This year, the parade attracted nearly 10,000 people, and local practitioners participated in this event for the third straight year.

Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises

In the morning of October 20, practitioners set up their tent with colorful balloons and lotus flowers in a park where the celebration was to take place. They then practiced the Falun Gong exercises to the elegant music, and the site attracted many residents and tourists.

The Falun Gong Procession

When practitioners were ready for the parade, an organizer told them that they were not in the list of parade participants. They then went to the most noticeable site of the park, displayed "Falun Dafa is Good" and "The World Needs Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" banners. Their dance troupe then started to dance. Their performance attracted many parade participants who in succession came to the site to watch and gave them warm applause. When the dance performance finished, practitioners were invited to join the parade.

The practitioners' procession

The practitioners' procession was led by the dance troupe in traditional Chinese costumes and with cultural umbrellas. Then came the "Falun Dafa is Good" banner and colorful balloon group, at the tail of the procession is a Waist Drum Troupe.

Jerusalem residents were very curious about the Falun Gong procession. Many asked practitioners in English where they came from. When they heard answers in Hebrew, they were so delighted and shouted "Peace" in Hebrew to welcome the practitioners. Some practitioners along the procession distributed Falun Gong truth-clarifying fliers, which were warmly received.