Michigan and New York: Introducing Falun Gong at Tulip Festivals
(Minghui.org) As part of celebratory events to honor World Falun Dafa Day, Falun Dafa practitioners participated in the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan and the Tulip Festival in Albany, New York. They introduced the Falun Gong meditation practice to local residents and tourists.
Michigan: International Holland Tulip Time Festival
The 90th International Holland Tulip Time Festival was held in Holland, Michigan throughout the week of May 11, 2019. People from Michigan and several surrounding states attend this popular event and come to enjoy the colorful tulips.
The highly anticipated Muziek Parade held on Saturday, May 11, was the culmination of the week’s events. Over 100,000 people lined the streets to watch the parade, which consisted of 170 entries.
Falun Gong practitioners were invited to participate in the Tulip Time Muziek Parade on Saturday, May 11. The parade was seen by over 100,000 people lining the streets and more viewers via a live broadcast on YouTube.
Peg McNichol is the morning news anchor for the 1450 WHTC radio station in Holland. She was connected to the Twitter1 station and broadcast live streaming interviews. Attracted by the practitioners' colorful entry, she asked several questions and interviewed Dr. Xu of the Michigan Falun Dafa Association.
Dr. Xu explained what Falun Gong is and said this was the second time local practitioners have participated in the Tulip Festival. When Peggy asked about the Falun Gong exercises, Dr. Xu demonstrated the first set of exercises.
Albany, New York: 71st Tulip Festival
Falun Gong practitioners participated in the 71st Tulip Festival in Albany, New York on May 11 and 12, 2019. This is the 18th year that practitioners have participated in this popular event. The event features more than 140,000 tulips.
Jeff had been searching for a spiritual practice when he found information about Falun Gong online a few months ago. On Saturday morning, Jeff and his wife came to the Falun Gong booth.
Jeff said that he knew about the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong. He and his wife signed a petition calling to stop the CCP’s persecution and state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners. Both Jeff and his wife wanted to learn the exercises.
Relevant article in Chinese: Albany, New York