(Minghui.org) Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, was first made public in Changchun, Jilin Province, China on May 13, 1992 by its founder Mr. Li Hongzhi. The practice has since spread to over 100 countries around the world.

May 13 was declared as World Falun Dafa Day in 2000. On the occasion of the 20th annual World Falun Dafa Day and also the 68th birthday of Mr. Li, Falun Gong practitioners in Montreal, Edmonton, and Vancouver held celebratory events.

Practitioners also drew attention to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong, especially the CCP's state-sanctioned live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience. They called for bringing an end to the persecution and the atrocities taking place in China.

Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Montreal

Falun Gong practitioners in Montreal held celebratory events downtown on May 11, 2019.

Group practice in Montreal on May 11, 2019 to celebrate World Falun Dafa DayPassers-by stop to learn about Falun Gong.

Robert Ramos and Nielsa Ramos from Puerto Rico praised practitioners' courage in the face of the CCP's persecution.Bill and Sherry condemned the CCP's live organ harvesting.Arjem Schomaveled from the Netherlands was shocked to hear of the live organ harvesting and condemned it.Practitioner Karen call on the public to help rescue her mother who is detained by the CCP for her belief in Falun Gong.

Edmonton: MPs Support Falun Gong

Falun Gong practitioners in Edmonton held events at a farmer's market on May 11, 2019. Two Members of Parliament (MP) came to express their support.

Practitioners gave a lively waist drum performance.Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises

MP Michael Cooper praised practitioners and said that he admired their courage.

MP Ziad Aboultaif supports Falun Gong and practitioners' efforts to counter the persecution in China.

Attracted by the soothing exercise music, passers-by stop to learn about Falun Gong.

Parade Held in Downtown Vancouver

Falun Gong practitioners held a parade in downtown Vancouver on May 12, 2019. The parade route was about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) long and lasted nearly two hours.

Practitioners hold a parade in downtown Vancouver on May 12, 2019 in honor of the 20th annual World Falun Dafa Day.Ms. Zhang, a practitioner from Victoria, hands out information about Falun Dafa during the parade.

David Cordero, a practitioner and a doctor, said that he's benefited greatly from practicing and wishes to help more people know how amazing Falun Dafa is.

Passers-by Syed Ghiyoomi (second from right) and his friends learn about Falun Gong and take a group photo with practitioners.

Relevant articles in Chinese: Edmonton, Canada and Vancouver, Canada.