Finland, Netherlands and Sweden: Activities Held to Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day and Raise Awareness
(Minghui.org) May 13, 2020 is the 21st World Falun Dafa Day and the 28th anniversary of the public introduction of Falun Dafa. It's also the birthday of the practice's founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi. To mark these special occasions, every year Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) practitioners hold celebratory activities across the world.
Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Finland
Practitioners in Finland did the exercises and distributed fliers near a shopping center in downtown Helsinki on May 13. They told passers-by about Falun Dafa and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were much fewer people in the shopping center and the square. Passers-by paused to watch the exercise demonstration, and some learned the exercises on the spot.
A Russian woman living in Finland took photos and videos with her cell phone. She said she reported local news in the Russian community. While taking video of the flier, she said in Russian, “This is Falun Dafa. It is practiced in over 100 countries.”
She talked with the practitioners and said that she knew very well the evil nature of the communist party as Russia was under communist control for decades.
Thomas signed the petition against the persecution. He said his friend had learned Falun Dafa and told him it was great.
Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in the Netherlands
Practitioners held activities on the square in front of the Dutch National Museum in Amsterdam on May 11, 2020. They demonstrated the exercises and set up a table on which they placed fliers and The Epoch Times newspaper.
Passers-by paused to watch the exercise demonstration. Some took fliers and signed the petition against the persecution.
Yuan said she was tortured for her faith by the CCP in China. “Falun Dafa teaches people to be upstanding and it improves their health,” she said. “But the CCP persecutes it. I witnessed many fellow practitioners being tortured while I was imprisoned.”
Practitioners also held activities in Scheveningen, a well-known coastal resort with a long beach, pier and light house. Along with the reopening after the pandemic, more people were out and about at the resort. Many tourists read the posters and learned about Falun Dafa.
Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day in Uppsala, Sweden
Practitioners in Uppsala, Sweden held activities on May 9, 2020 to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.
Several people were attracted by the graceful exercises and the melodious music. They paused to watch and picked up fliers to learn about Falun Dafa. Some expressed their interest in learning the practice.
After learning how the CCP has persecuted practitioners in China over the past 21 years, people were indignant and signed the petition to condemn the brutality.