(Minghui.org) On May 13, 2013, practitioners in Chicago, Illinois, gathered to celebrate the 14 th annual World Falun Dafa Day. The day marked the 21st anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa to the public, as well as the birthday of Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of the practice.

Practitioners in Chicago gather for a group photo

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is an advanced cultivation practice of mind and body. It was first introduced to the public by Master Li in 1992 in China.

Since then, millions of people in over 100 countries around the world have taken up the peaceful spiritual practice. Nevertheless, the Chinese communist regime launched a brutal persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999; it is still ongoing today.

Practicing Falun Dafa Improves Health Oh Ms. Sun used to suffer from migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, pneumonia, tracheal inflammation, and chronic weakness. When a friend told her about the miraculous healing effects of Falun Gong back in 1995, she decided to give the practice a try.

Once she started to conduct herself according to Falun Dafa's main principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, all of her illnesses gradually disappeared.

Ms. Sun participated in the celebration event in Chicago. She said: “It is May 13 today, which is World Falun Dafa Day and Master's birthday. I want to say from the bottom of heart that Falun Dafa is great! Happy birthday Master!”

“On this day, I also think about the many practitioners who are still imprisoned in China,” added Ms. Sun. “I wish that all kindhearted people across the world will help stop the Chinese Communist Party's brutal persecution of Falun Gong.”

When One Person Practices, the Whole Family Benefits

Four years ago, Ms. Mei used to suffer from chronic depression, insomnia, and other illnesses. Shortly after she began to practice Falun Dafa, all of her illnesses miraculously disappeared. What's more, her family's health improved, too.

Her husband used to suffer from several allergies, especially during spring. Sometime after Ms. Mei took up the practice, all of his allergy symptoms vanished without any treatment.