Germany: Falun Gong Practitioners Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day
(Minghui.org) May 13 was the 21st World Falun Dafa Day and the 28th anniversary of the introduction of Falun Dafa to the public. Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) practitioners across the world have celebratory activities to mark the occasion.
Group Practice in Front of Brandenburg Gate at Berlin
Practitioners demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises while some held large banners. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Berin government bans gatherings of over 50 people. So some practitioners could not participate in this event.
Passersby were much fewer than before. Those passing by paused to watch the exercise demonstration and asked for fliers. Some learned the exercises from practitioners.
“I came here to tell more people about Falun Dafa,” said practitioner Boris Suchin. “I wish to express my gratitude to Master Li (the founder) today.”
Suchin started practicing Falun Dafa 17 years ago. He suffered from lumbar disc herniation. He sought a way to gain better health.
He once saw some practitioners in a park and talked with them. One practitioner gave him the book Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa. Since then he started practicing it.
“My lumbar disc herniation disappeared,” he said. He started to think of others and looked within when facing conflicts. Under his influence, his son started practicing it too.
“I was very interested in qigong,” practitioner Stephan Brotze said. “I searched qigong online and found Falun Dafa.”
He then learned Dafa by himself for half a year at home in 2010. Later he joined a local group practice site and started practicing it.
“Practicing Falun Dafa makes my mind clear. I become more focused after doing the sitting meditation.”
Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day at Hamburg, Germany
Falun Dafa practitioners gathered at Jungfernstieg, Hamburg to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.
Practitioners demonstrated the exercises. One practitioner read an open letter to raise awareness of the preciousness of Falun Dafa. Passersby came forward to pick up fliers and asked for practice sites. Some signed the petition against the persecution.
“I cannot describe my feeling with words,” Peter from the Netherlands said after hearing about the Chinese Communist Party's persecution and state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living practitioners. “Live organ harvesting is horrible. I think it is good for you to let the public know about it.”
“I have goosebumps on my entire body. It is horrible,” said Angera, a local resident. “The brutality is beyond imagination. I just signed the petition because I think everyone should speak out against this horrible act and help stop the persecution.”
The event concluded at 7:30 pm.
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