(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners all over the world held all kinds of activities last week to celebrate the 66th birthday of the founder of this ancient Chinese cultivation practice, Master Li Hongzhi, and the 18th World Falun Dafa Day, which falls on May 13th.
This report covers the celebrations in Malaysia, Brazil, Taiwan, and America. Besides presenting artistic performances and an art exhibition, practitioners told their stories of how they have benefited from this practice physically and spiritually, and informed the public about the 18-year long persecution in China, asking for help to end it.
Practitioners celebrated the founding of “Persatuan Falun Dafa Malaysia” (Falun Dafa Association in Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur on May 7.
The spokesman for the association said that the mission of the association is to promote ancient Chinese cultivation culture and to improve Malaysians’ health and spirits.
At the celebration, practitioners also demonstrated the exercises and collected signatures on a petition to condemn the persecution.
Practitioners from Sabah, Malaysia, wish Master Li a happy birthday.
Practitioners in Brazil held two events in Brasilia to celebrate the special day.
First, the opening ceremony of the Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition was held on May 2 in a government-run gallery. The art will be on exhibit for a month
After she saw the paintings, Margareta (left) said the guiding principles of Falun Gong, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, had touched her heart. Accepting a handmade lotus flower she said, “The lotus flower is my favorite flower.”
On May 7, practitioners set up a booth on the famous Praca dos Tres Poderes Square to tell people about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Many people received Falun Gong materials.
Practitioners in Pingtung went to the local native Taiwanese area to introduce Falun Gong to the tourists and celebrate the holiday.
Practitioners from Hualien, Taiwan, held a performing arts show at a famous local tourist spot on May 7 to celebrate the holiday.
Shoucheng, who had quit the army, had severe muscle atrophy and bone disease. He was in a hospital for six months, but none of the therapies helped. Unfortunately, his parents also developed muscle and bone problems. The whole family participated in the Falun Gong free workshop and started practicing.
“All my ailments were gone. My whole family is thankful to Master for renewing our lives,” Shoucheng said.
The celebration in Los Angeles was held at the seaside in Santa Monica on May 7. After doing the exercises together, the practitioners presented traditional Chinese dances, instrumentals, songs, and a martial arts demonstration.
A few Chinese were pleasantly surprised to see Falun Gong.
Mr. Lin said he doesn’t believe what the Chinese government said about Falun Gong at all. “All the practitioners that I know are very nice,” he said.
A Chinese girl, Mary, said she often saw Falun Gong events in Hong Kong, but she didn’t dare to accept their flyers. In the U.S. she has since learned what Falun Gong really is.
“I used to believe everything that the communist party said, but now I’ve discovered that they told many lies. It is hard for a person who lives in China to understand what a free society is like,” Mary said. “I am interested in learning the exercises.”
Practitioners in Las Vegas held events on May 7.
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