(Minghui.org) Volunteers in Oradea, Romania organized an event on May 13, World Falun Dafa Day to inform the public about this ancient spiritual discipline. 

The day marks the anniversary of when Master Li Hongzhi first introduced Falun Dafa to the public in 1992, 31 years ago. To commemorate the occasion, the practitioners set up an informational stand in front of the Crișul shopping center downtown, where they demonstrated the exercises. 

Practitioners held an event in Oradea, Romania to introduce Falun Dafa and celebrate World Falun Dafa Day on May 13, 2023

Practitioners also told people about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) suppression of Falun Dafa practitioners in China, where practitioners are harassed, tortured, and in some cases, killed for their organs. They collected signatures on a petition calling on the Romanian president to condemn the CCP’s forced organ harvesting crimes against Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience. 

Many people were shocked to hear of the atrocities committed by the CCP and signed the petition. Practitioners also gave out origami lotus flowers, on which the words “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance” were printed. 

Passersby Discover Falun Dafa

One man spoke to three practitioners in turn, and said he was very interested in the practice. He had just come from exercising at a gym. He asked for information about the practice site and was told the location and time practitioners meet to do the exercises and a contact phone number for further details. 

One young family was very interested in the practice and talked to a practitioner for more than half an hour.

A middle-aged woman was very interested in practicing Falun Dafa and came back several times to ask more questions. She lives in another city, so she asked for some Falun Dafa flyers to give to her friends. Hearing about the persecution, she said she greatly sympathized with practitioners. 

A man received a flyer and a lotus flower from a practitioner. He explained that his eyes were immediately drawn to the tiny lotus flower like a magnet. He said it seemed to “emit a strong light.” He read the flyer and was very impressed. Two days later, he called the local Falun Dafa contact and asked about one of the Falun Dafa books in print.

A young woman approached practitioners and explained that she has been interested in spirituality for a long time. She believes in a “greater force,” in divinity, and believes that we are not the only ones who exist in the universe. 

“All our deeds, good or bad, are fairly rewarded or punished and the only way to reach a higher level of understanding is for us to maintain our morality and believe in divinity,” she said.

Over the course of many years, she studied the teachings of several qigong schools to find the right spiritual path for her. She left, but soon returned and asked where and when the exercises were held in the city, and for more flyers to pass on to friends. She said she found the exercises easy to learn and would like to show them to her parents, who had practiced other forms of qigong dedicated to maintaining health in the past.

Another woman was very touched by the suffering of persecuted practitioners in China and said she would pray to God for them, that they would soon be released.

One young student found the exercises interesting and asked for a card with the place and day of practice.

A New Practitioner Expresses Her Gratitude

The Falun Dafa Day event was the first time Diana, a new practitioner from Oradea, participated in a Dafa group activity. 

"I handed out leaflets about Falun Dafa in Oradea and I hope as many people as possible will discover these wonderful exercises,” she said. 

She told many passersby about the health benefits of the practice, wanting to share her own benefits she’s received with others. 

“I talked to different people who told me that it doesn’t matter so much to them that some parts of their body hurt because they are old and it is natural to have physical discomfort at a certain age. I explained how these exercises open up the blocked energy centers in our body and thus many medicines are no longer needed,” she said. 

Diana discovered Falun Dafa through an online course. She said she’s very thankful for the opportunity to be a practitioner. “I am very grateful to have discovered [Falun Dafa]!” she said.