Bringing the Beauty of Falun Gong to the Public in the Holiday Season
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners around the world hold activities year around, to tell the public what this Chinese self-improving practice really is, and to expose the brutal persecution of the practice in China. This report covers four events in the U.S., and Europe.
Practitioners performed in Chicago's 84th McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade for the fifteenth time.
The practitioners debuted in this parade, one of the largest in the nation, in 2003, and were warmly welcomed by organizers and spectators. They have been invited every year since. Their lotus flower float has also become one of the classics in the parade.
In addition to an exercise demonstration, this year practitioners made dozens of colorful banners that read “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” to introduce the guiding principles of Falun Gong to the western community.
Practitioners from Nuremberg held their monthly activity in the downtown area on a cold day in November, to raise public awareness of the persecution, and to collect signatures calling for an end to the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.
Many people were attracted by the exercise demonstration. They talked to practitioners, and were glad to have an opportunity to express their support by signing the petition.
Some citizens said they had heard about the persecution. One lady said, “I can tell that the Communist Party does not care about life… I have been to China, and know about the forced organ harvesting.” With tears, she and her husband both signed the petition.
A gentleman videotaped the activity and took many photos of the banners and display boards. He was shocked upon hearing of the ongoing brutality in China. He read out loud the words, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” “My heart is melting,” he said, “I will upload these clips to my social media page.”
Many Chinese people also stopped at the practitioners' booth. Some took photos and some accepted Falun Gong materials. One gentleman said he strongly supported Falun Gong, but he didn't know what he could do to help. A practitioner told him, “Quitting the Communist Party is the best way to express your support.” He happily agreed to quit with his friends.
A similar event was held in front of Schoenbrunn, a famous tourist spot in Vienna, on November 11. Many people stopped and talked with practitioners on the cold, windy day.
Practitioners from Waterford, Ireland, attended the annual Wellbeing Festival, a health fair, on October 28-30, to introduce the ancient cultivation practice to interested people.
During the three day event, numerous attendees learned the exercises. More than 50 left their contact information, hoping to join the free Falun Gong workshop in the near future.
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