(Minghui.org) May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day, which was established to mark the anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction on May 13, 1992. Falun Dafa practitioners across the world hold events to celebrate the practice to inform the public about the benefits of practicing Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong). They also raise awareness on the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) 18-year-long brutal persecution in China. The following are celebration events held in Ottawa and Quebec, Canada and Houston, Texas in the United States.
Falun Gong practitioners from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal held a rally in front of Parliament on May 9, 2018. Several hundreds of Falun Gong practitioners performed the exercises, held a parade and performed music and dances to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.
Falun Gong practitioners from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal celebrate World Falun Dafa Day in front of Canadian Parliament on May 9.Passersby learn about Falun Gong and sign the petition against the persecution in ChinaFalun Gong practitioners perform dancingChorus
Nineteen-Year Support from Members of Parliament
Member of Parliament (MP) Judy Sgro shows up every year to support Falun Gong practitioners. She thanked the practitioners for bringing Falun Dafa to Canada. The message that the practitioners deliver is peace, compassion, and respect, which is what Canadians need to remember every day, she said.
MP Peter Kent spoke at the rally in the morning. He greeted the crowd in Chinese, saying, “Hello! Falun Dafa is good!” He speaks at the rally every year. He returned to the celebration venue in the afternoon when practitioners had group photo and videos to wish Master Li a happy birthday. He asked if he could have a group photo with the practitioners and wished to upload to his Facebook page.
MP Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, also attended to show her ongoing support. No matter rain or shine, hot or cold, snow or wind, she participates every Falun Gong rally in front of Parliament. She said, “Such a beautiful scene. You are a vivid manifestation of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
Learning about Falun Dafa
John, a friend of Andrew Bennett (former ambassador of the Canadian Religious Freedom Office, who spoke at the rally), participated in the rally and said, “Protesting the persecution is our responsibility.”Joseph (first from left), works nearby in downtown, and his colleagues watch the march and support Falun Gong practitioners' efforts to end the persecution.
Falun Gong practitioners held celebration events in a park in Chinatown, Montreal on May 5, 2018. They also held group practice of Falun Gong exercises.
There were many visitors in Chinatown including tourists, business people, professional photographers, and TV directors. Many of them expressed support and took informational materials.
Falun Gong practitioners in Houston, Texas held a celebration event in front of the city hall of City of Sugar Land on May 5, 2018.
Sugar Land is a satellite city of Greater Houston with a population of about 80,000. There are many shops, restaurants and hotels around the city hall.
Falun Gong practitioners demonstrated the exercises in front of the city hall from 4 to 6 pm. Many passers-by paused to watch.
Martha and her daughter watched the exercise demonstration. She said, “It's so peaceful!”
She commended the Falun Gong principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, adding, “My daughter and I are learning the Chinese language. We really like traditional Chinese culture.”
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