A German Citizen: "I am in Awe of Your Courage." (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) The fifth Frankfurt Cultural Festival parade was held in downtown Frankfurt, Germany, and over 60 groups from different countries participated, some wearing tribal costumes and parading ornate floats. One purpose of this cultural festival is promoting acceptance of foreign cultures, so that Frankfurt can be a city known for its cultural diversity. One hundred and eighty ethnic groups in this city from other parts of the world work to mutually understand one another, live peacefully, and make progress. The Falun Gong group has taken part in this activity since the first year of the parade. This year, over 180 Falun Gong practitioners paraded through the streets.
The Divine Land Marching Band marches along the street in the pouring rain
Though their costumes are soaked through, the thunderstorm does not dampen Falun Gong practitioners' spirit to perform in the parade
Falun Gong practitioners, representing ancient Chinese culture, held up a large banner that read, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," the foundation of human morality and spirit. Falun Gong practitioners live their lives by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance.
No sooner had the parade started than the thunderstorm struck. The clothing of the parade participants was soaked through in no time. About 20 groups dropped out of the parade. However, Falun Gong's Divine Land Marching Band, dance troupe, waist drum troupe, and exercise team were not discouraged by the thunderstorm. They felt at ease in continuing their performances. An older person said with sincerity, "I am in awe of your courage. The other groups were intimidated by the thunderstorm."
It takes great endurance to carry a sousaphone of this size for several hours, while performing along the way.
The Divine Land Marching Band participated in the Frankfurt Cultural Festival for the first time, with their resounding drums and the powerful bass lines of the sousaphones. The Divine Land Marching Band consists of 135 Falun Gong practitioners from Germany, Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain.
Seeing the performance of the Divine Land Marching Band, a police officer could not help saying, "It's amazing!" The appearance of the Divine Land Marching Band drew attention from the audience and earned enthusiastic applause. When the Falun Gong group passed by, Mr. J, a forty-year-old African who lives in Frankfurt, said, "It's wonderful. What an orderly team, distinguishing itself from the others. That marching band particularly appeals to me. They look splendid and impressive."
Watching the Divine Land Marching Band, a Spaniard living in Frankfurt said, "At first I mistook it for a German marching band. But now it appears to surpass the other teams. How incredible it is."
The elegant melody of the song "Falun Dafa Is Good," together with exquisite fan dancing and lotus dancing, led the spectators to appreciate ancient Chinese divine culture.
After seeing the parade, one gentleman said, "I belong to the Bolivian team. I could sense the peace and harmony that emanates here. Your music can bring us calm. Therefore, I walked toward you."
After the parade came to an end, its organizer Ms. Jander praised the Divine Land Marching Band and expressed her eagerness to see the band perform next year.