(Minghui.org) May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day and this year is the 30th anniversary of its introduction to the public. To celebrate this special day, Red Deer’s city hall was illuminated in seven colors.
Located between the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer is the third biggest city in Alberta Province. It has a population of over 100,000 and was named after the local river.
Ken Johnson, the mayor of Red Deer, wrote a congratulatory letter and wished everyone a Happy World Falun Dafa Day. He wrote, “Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance holds everyone in unity. Amid the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic, the stress on residents was alleviated when Falun Dafa practitioners taught free-of-charge exercises. Please enjoy this special day!”
In his special tribute Mayor Johnson stated, “We are very happy to illuminate the city hall in celebration of World Falun Dafa Day. The lights will start at nightfall on May 13th and end at dawn on May 14th.”
Falun Dafa practitioners from Calgary and Red Deer gathered outside the city hall and held up banners that read, “Falun Dafa Day” and “Falun Dafa is Great”. The banners and lights in the background complemented each other and were magnificent.
Calgary Falun Dafa Association spokesperson Yang Jiefu stated, “Many provinces and cities in Canada celebrated the 30th anniversary of World Falun Dafa by raising flags or illuminating lights. With the illuminated lights from city hall, the city of Red Deer has brought the universal principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and peace and prosperity to local residents. We are grateful for the support from the city’s government.”
Li Xiaolin, a Falun Dafa practitioner in Red Deer, often practices the exercises in the local park. Many people stop to ask about Falun Dafa and take truth-clarification flyers. During the pandemic where people were anxious about their health, many local residents became interested in learning to meditate and becoming kinder people by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Red Deer is the first city that illuminated lights to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day, Xiaolin said, “I hope the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance will spread to more communities, countries, and people of different ethnicities. The world would be better and more peaceful with compassionate people of high moral values.”
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