(Minghui.org) May 13, 2017, is the 25th anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction and the 18th World Falun Dafa Day. Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners across the globe celebrate the occasion by holding parades, rallies, group practice, artistic performances, and so on. They also raise awareness of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Celebratory events were recently held in the UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in the UK

Falun Gong practitioners held a rally and press conference across from the Chinese Embassy in London on May 7, 2017. Dr. Liu of the UK Falun Dafa Association; David Matas, a Canadian human rights lawyer; and Ms. Song, who was persecuted by the CCP in China, spoke at the press conference.

A parade was held after the rally. Banners led the procession, followed by practitioners demonstrating the exercises, posters showing the worldwide spread of Falun Gong, celestial maidens, and waist drummers. The next-to-last contingent were practitioners dressed in white and holding portraits of fellow practitioners tortured to death by the CCP. The last part of the procession featured practitioners holding posters calling for an end to the CCP persecution.

Some practitioners distributed flyers and hand-made paper lotus flowers to spectators along the route.

The parade started at the Chinese Embassy, passed through the congested business area, and ended in Chinatown. The practitioners then gathered on Trafalgar Square to hold a rally and raise awareness of the CCP's persecution.

Marching through the business area in London

The procession circled Chinatown twice.

Two ladies from Norway are pleased to see the march.Khagani, an anthropologist from Azerbaijan, saw the parade on his visit to London.

Social worker Joanna Davis enjoyed the parade.

Kathy and Cindy, who study arts and education in London, were pleased to see the parade and learn about the persecution.

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in the Netherlands

Falun Gong practitioners in the Netherlands held activities on Dam Square, a well-known tourist destination. They did the exercises together and performed on the square.

Group practice on Dam Square

Celestial maidens perform.

Passersby sign the petition condemning the CCP persecution.

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Paris

Falun Gong practitioners held activities on Human Rights Square under the Eiffel Tower on May 7, 2017. They did the exercises together, held performances, raised awareness, and collected signatures.

Group photo of the practitioners under the Eiffel Tower

Group practicePassersby read about Falun Gong.

Passersby sign the petition protesting the persecution.

Guillaum (left) and Quentin (right), two friends, shared their experiences of practicing Falun Gong.

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Sweden

Falun Gong practitioners gathered in the Royal Garden in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 6, 2017, to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. They demonstrated the five exercises, set up posters, and shared experiences about practicing Falun Gong.

The sitting meditation

Three young men from France learn the exercises.

Passersby sign the petition condemning the CCP's state-sanctioned live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

Linnea grew up in practicing Falun Gong. Her whole family practices.

Economist Yvonne introduces Falun Gong to passersby. She went to China several times after she started to practice Falun Gong in late 1990s.

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Denmark

Falun Gong practitioners in Denmark held activities in Copenhagen and Aarhus on May 6. They held group practice in Kongens Have, Copenhagen, in the morning. They held banners on Kultorvet Square and raised awareness of the CCP's persecution in the afternoon.

Group photo of the practitioners who participated in the celebration.A group of students take a group photo in front of the banner that says, “Falun Dafa is good.”

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Finland

Falun Gong practitioners held celebratory activities in a coastal park on May 6.

Group photo of the practitioners participating in the celebration

Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises

Telling passersby about Falun Gong

Signing a petition to protest the persecution

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