New York: Falun Gong Practitioners and Local People from New York Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) May 13, 2007 marked the eighth annual World Falun Dafa Day. Falun Gong practitioners from New York held an activity at Union Square in Manhattan to celebrate along with the local people.
Union Square on Falun Dafa Day
Many people are attracted to performances by practitioners
A representative from the state senator's office reads proclamation
Learning the facts of Falun Gong
Viewing artworks by Falun Gong practitioners
Learning the exercises
Two hosts of the celebration introduced the history and background of Falun Gong and Falun Dafa Day in Chinese and English, and invited everyone to enjoy performances by practitioners.
The Divine Land Marching Band began by performing the song "Falun Dafa is Good." This was followed by practitioners performing the dragon dance. After the dance was the waist drum performance, fan dance, and umbrella dance.
Practitioner Zhu Di, sang the songs "De Du" and "The Benevolent Calling."
Twenty three congressmen and senators at each level in New York State sent their proclamations and supporting letters to practitioners for the World Falun Dafa Day celebration and praised practitioners' spirit and courage. They also condemned the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutality. Ms. Ann Noonan, a representative State Senator Mr. Reverent Ruben Diaz's office, read the proclamation.
Clarifying the Facts of Falun Gong to New Yorkers
Practitioners of different ages and from different countries demonstrated the exercises while the hosts described the movements.
Several Western practitioners shared their cultivation experiences and how they have benefited from practicing Falun Gong.
Practitioners displayed many art works, which attracted a large number of people. Deluce, a local citizen, said that he had heard about Falun Gong and the persecution, but only from the artworks had he learned how brutal the persecution was.
Learning the Facts and Quitting the Party
A group of twenty Chinese people came to Union Square. They wanted to learn more about Falun Gong. Practitioners taught them the exercises and told them the about quitting the party. They all later quit the CCP.
The activity ended at 5:00 p.m. successfully. Practitioners took photos together and wished Master Li a Happy Birthday.