Taiwan: Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day at Sun Moon Lake (Photos)

(Clearwisdom.net) May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day and also the birthday of Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. On May 8, 2011, almost 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners from central Taiwan held activities at Sun Moon Lake, a famous tourist spot, to celebrate the day and introduce the beauty of the practice to tourists. 

Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is a cultivation practice guided by the characteristics of the universe—Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance. Master Li Hongzhi started teaching Falun Dafa to the public on May 13, 1992.

Group exercises at Sun Moon Lake

In the morning, practitioners assembled at several spots around Sun Moon Lake. They demonstrated the exercises, passed out truth-clarifying materials and introduced Falun Gong to tourists. There were practitioners at almost every nearby tourist spot in the morning. In the afternoon, they held celebrations at Yidashao Harbor at the lake.

The Divine Land Marching Band, consisting of 180 Falun Gong practitioners
The Flag-Drum team of NTDTV

At the harbor, practitioners open a giant banner that read “World Falun Dafa Day.” The Divine Land Marching Band, consisting of 180 Falun Gong practitioners, and New Tang Dynasty Television's Flag-Drum team performed. Young practitioners performed traditional Chinese dances. Practitioners also demonstrated the exercises.

Performance on traditional instruments
Young practitioners perform traditional Chinese dance

Jeff, an Australian tourist, and his wife were attracted to the exercise demonstration. He told practitioners that he had heard about Falun Gong in Australia, and knew about the persecution in China. Practitioners invited him to join the exercises so he learned them while his wife read the truth-clarifying materials. After doing the exercises, he said he felt great. He said that he felt energized and would learn more about Falun Gong after he gets back to Australia.

Jeff learns the exercises

Practitioners also set up truth-clarifying displaying boards at the harbor to tell the public how Falun Gong has spread around the world and expose the persecution in China. Ms. Chen, a practitioner from Yunlin, said: “More and more tourists from Mainland China are willing to listen to me telling them the truth of Falun Gong. For example, this morning, I talked to a group of Chinese tourists at Xuanguang Temple. They all listened quietly. Some of them smiled at me. One Chinese gentleman quit the Chinese Communist Party. I asked him to pass on the information of quitting the party in China, and he agreed.”

Viewing the photos

Ms. Chen said: “Not only tourists, but also people I've met on the internet are glad to hear the truth of Falun Gong.” Ms. Chen and her husband chat with Chinese people on the internet and find that more and more Chinese people are willing to listen to them now. Some people have contacted Ms. Chen, asking for more details about the practice. Some of them have asked her for the programs that help to break through the internet blockade in China. Some of them ask her when the Communist Party will fall. “More and more have learned the truth,” Ms. Chen concluded.

Mr. Chang, a retired elementary school teacher, often comes to Sun Moon Lake to clarify the truth of Falun Gong to Chinese tourists. He also has the same impression that more Chinese people are willing to learn the truth now. Seventy-two-year-old Mr. Chang smiled: “Practicing Falun Gong improves my health. So, I want more people to know about it and benefit from it. When my friends say that I've become younger and younger, I always recommend Falun Gong to them. This morning, I talked to a Chinese tourist for a long time. I told him about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. I told him about the organ harvesting. He said that that information is not available to the public in China.”

Another Mr. Chang, a computer engineer, passed out truth-clarifying materials at the harbor. He also mentioned that more and more Chinese people accept the materials now. He often goes to hotels to talk to Chinese tourists when he gets the chance and most of them are happy to talk to him.

Posting date: 5/12/2011
Category: World Falun Dafa Day - Worldwide Activities
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