(Minghui.org) May 13, 2022, is the 23rd World Falun Dafa Day and the 30th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s introduction to the world. The special occasion received wide acknowledgment and warm remarks from New York federal representatives, state representatives, city councilors, and local officials.

The New York State Senate adopted resolution J2278 on April 26 “Commemorating the 23rd Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13, 2022.” Initiated by Senator Mike Martucci, it was co-sponsored by 10 other senators. This is also the 10th year the New York Senate has issued a proclamation to honor World Falun Dafa Day.

The New York State Senate passed Resolution J2278 on April 26 in honor of Falun Dafa Day.

Sponsor and co-sponsors of Resolution J2278. First row (from left): Senator Mike Martucci (sponsor), Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., Senator George M. Borrello. Second row (from left): Senator James Gaughran, Senator Joseph A. Griffo, Senator Daphne Jordan, Senator Andrew J. Lanza. Third row (from left): Senator Peter Oberacker, Senator Thomas F. O'Mara, Senator Anthony H. Palumbo, and Senator James Tedisco.

Below is full text of New York State Resolution No. 2278:

COMMEMORATING the 23rd Annual World Falun Dafa DayCelebration, to be observed May 13, 2022

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the 23rd Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13, 2022; and

WHEREAS, Many of those who participate in World Falun Dafa Day celebrate the teachings which have brought physical health, joy, and peace of mind to millions of people across the globe throughout the entire week; and

WHEREAS, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a self-improvement practice rooted in ancient Chinese culture based on refining the body and mind through special exercises and meditation; and

WHEREAS, This special event observes the day Falun Dafa was first introduced to the general public in May of 1992, in Changchun, China, by Mr. Li Hongzhi; he then traveled around China lecturing to the public; and

WHEREAS, The impact his lectures had on the society was so profound, that the practice spread very rapidly by word of mouth alone; by 1998, it was estimated that 100 million people had taken up the practice in China; and

WHEREAS, The practice of Falun Dafa is simple; it consists primarily of two components, self-improvement through study and the practice of five gentle exercises; and

WHEREAS, Practitioners of Falun Dafa strive to live by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance in order to improve their moral nature, and in turn, to experience remarkable health benefits; and

WHEREAS, The practice of Falun Dafa goes beyond the pursuit of health and fitness to the goal of greater wisdom and enlightenment; and

WHEREAS, The Falun Dafa philosophy espouses the idea that when the heart is pure, the mind balanced, and the body energized, health and happiness are a natural outcome; individuals have been empowered to leave behind addictions and bad habits; families, to live in peace together; and communities, to embrace what is virtuous and life-affirming; and

WHEREAS, The effectiveness of Falun Dafa in improving health, as well as the principles upon which it is founded, have proven to be immensely popular throughout the world and have attracted people in more than 114 countries; and

WHEREAS, To the people of China, Falun Dafa provides a source of strength in the face of oppression; although the practice is banned in the land of its origin, practitioners persevere in the pursuit of their spiritual beliefs, risking imprisonment or worse; and

WHEREAS, In 1996, Falun Dafa was introduced to New York, and has since grown to include hundreds of practitioners who can be found throughout the tri-state area offering workshops in senior centers, corporate offices, health clubs, private residences and police stations at no cost to the participants; and

WHEREAS, Today, Falun Dafa is practiced and cherished by millions of people and has received over 3,000 awards; and

WHEREAS, Falun Dafa is a practice which has brought better health and inner peace to millions around the world; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate the 23rd Annual World Falun Dafa Day Celebration, to be observed May 13, 2022; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to the Falun Dafa practitioners of New York State.

Adopted in Senate on April 26, 2022

By order of the SenateAlejandra N. Paulino, Secretary