Sydney Celebrates World Falun Dafa Day

Sydney Celebrates World Falun Dafa Day

By James Burke

Epoch Times Staff May 16, 2009

Peaceful exercises on floats, girls in ancient Chinese costumes and a marching band consisting predominantly of Chinese faces were part of a parade that made its way through the heart of Sydney celebrating the spiritual practice Falun Dafa.

Some of the estimated 400 people who joined the World Falun Dafa Day parade had come from a nearby park where they had finished the practice’s exercises and meditation.

Situated in China Town, where activities followed the parade, mounted photos on display included images of large groups of Chinese doing the exercises, a common sight in parks throughout China during much of the 1990s.

Along with exercises, Sydney practitioner John Della said the practice consists of teachings based upon the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.

“On the 13th of May 1992, Falun Dafa was introduced to the world in China,” said Mr Della. “Since then, in 17 years, Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, has become popular and cherished all over the world.”

The teachings of Falun Dafa are explained in the book Zhuan Falun written by the movement’s founder Li Hongzhi, who now lives in the United States. A 6ft model of the book was featured on one of several floats that made up the parade, which included one that re-enacted scenes of Falun Dafa practitioners being tortured for their beliefs by actors dressed as Chinese police.

Ten years ago the then ruler of the Chinese Communist Party, Jiang Zhemin, fearing Falun Dafa’s popularity, instigated a massive and brutal persecution that continues today against millions of Chinese who adhered to the practice.

“We know there are over 3,250 innocent people in China who have died simply because they hold this belief of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance,” said Mr Della.

“So we are here also to honour the practitioners in China who also keep continuing to help people in China and around the world know the truth that Falun Dafa is a wonderful practice – wonderful for your health, wonderful for your heart and wonderful for your mind.”

Last Updated
May 16, 2009

Waist drummers during the World Falun Dafa parade make their way through Sydney’s China Town. (Richard Sun/The Epoch Times)

Waist drummers during the World Falun Dafa parade make their way through Sydney’s China Town. (Richard Sun/The Epoch Times)

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A Falun Dafa practitioner holds the wreath of a fellow practitioner who has been killed for her beliefs in China. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

Dressed as an ancient Chinese emperor for Sydney’s World Falun Dafa Day parade. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

Dressed as an ancient Chinese emperor for Sydney’s World Falun Dafa Day parade. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

A participant demonstrates one of the Falun Dafa exercises on a float that carries the book Zhuan Falun, which explains the principles of the practice. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

A participant demonstrates one of the Falun Dafa exercises on a float that carries the book Zhuan Falun, which explains the principles of the practice. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

A trumpeter from the Divine Marching Band during the World Falun Dafa Day celebrations in Sydney. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

A trumpeter from the Divine Marching Band during the World Falun Dafa Day celebrations in Sydney. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

One of the floats during World Falun Dafa Day parade in Sydney enacting how Falun Dafa practitioners are being tortured for their beliefs in China. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

One of the floats during World Falun Dafa Day parade in Sydney enacting how Falun Dafa practitioners are being tortured for their beliefs in China. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

A fan dancer during Sydney’s World Falun Dafa Day parade. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

A fan dancer during Sydney’s World Falun Dafa Day parade. (James Burke/The Epoch Times)

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