Thousands gather in Taipei to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day


Taipei, Taiwan — A tradition that dates back more than 20 years in Taiwan, thousands of people have gathered for a festive event.

On May 1, the island’s iconic National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei set the stage for a vibrant spectacle. In commemoration of about 30 years since Falun Gong was released, about 5,200 people in colored costumes were formed to form a huge image.

Participants were local Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners. This field, also known as Falun Dafa, consists of five meditative exercises and moral teachings centered on the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance.

Together, they were arranged to form a short phrase in Traditional Chinese. The message highlighted the 29th anniversary of Falun Gong’s public introduction in China and celebrated the birthday of practice founder Li Hongzhi.

Lee introduced spiritual practice on May 13th, 29 years ago, in northeastern China, which is also his birthday. Since 2000, this day has been celebrated as World Falun Dafa Day by Falun Gong learners and supporters.

Other supporters wearing pink cloaks and hoods formed two lotus seed buns. Also known as “longevity peaches” in Chinese, these breads are a popular birthday item for the elderly to celebrate their ripe old age.

Above the kanji were the beauty of two heavens. It is an image of an angel that is often associated with traditional Chinese culture.

The formation was the result of three days of intensive preparation starting April 28th. The organizer laid a color-coordinated mat to outline the image as the rain made it difficult to work two days before the event.

But by Friday the weather was fine. It was vague on Saturday morning, but the sun came out at noon while the participants were sitting on their assigned mats and waiting for an aerial photograph to be taken. Shortly thereafter, a ring of light known as the 22 degree halo appeared around the sun, dazzling the participants below.

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On May 1, 2021, a ring of light will appear around the sun in Taipei, Taiwan. (Chen Po-chou / The Epoch Times)

Tradition

Huang Chun-ming, the organizer of the event and vice chairman of The Epoch Times of Taiwan, said that Taiwanese supporters have held annual events for over 20 years, but they are still looking for ways to improve. I told the Epoch Times.

For example, according to Huang, this is the first time this year has so many Chinese characters in this image14, making it more difficult to coordinate participants. The lotus seed bun image was also used for the first time this year.

Taiwan’s decades-old tradition did not originate in Taiwan. It began in China in the 1990s, and Falun Gong followers were still able to openly practice and hold public activities.

However, the activity has continued to survive by foreign supporters after the Chinese administration launched a national persecution campaign in July 1999, including mass arrest and hatred propaganda.

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On May 1, 2021, about 5,200 people will gather at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan to participate in the character formation. (Chen Po-chou / The Epoch Times)

Apart from celebrating Lee’s birthday and commemorating World Falun Dafa Day, Huang said the event served as a counter-argument to the arrogance of the Communist Party administration. At the beginning of the persecution, former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin confidently claimed that Falun Gong would be “eradicated” in three months. But more than 20 years later, Mr. Huang said the field is still attracting new supporters.

She added that in 1994, two years after Lee introduced the field, the first group of Taiwanese began practicing Falun Gong.

Retired architect Wu Chinshan, who created the blueprint for the image, told The Epoch Times that the purpose of depicting the beauty of the two heavens is to convey a universal sense of joy associated with the day. It was.

It would not have been possible to hold this event with thousands of people in the middle of a pandemic without the Taiwanese government succeeding in preventing the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

After the character formation was over, the believers lined up in long lines to perform the Falun Gong meditation movement.

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Falun Gong learners will participate in a joint exercise in Taipei, Taiwan on May 1, 2021. (ChenPo-chou / The Epoch Times)

Falun Gong

Graphic design and visual arts designer Debbie Tang, 28, said he attended at least four annual events since he began practicing Falun Gong.

“I was impressed when I first joined,” Tung said. “I thought it was very peaceful. When I was sitting there listening to the music I was playing [by the organizer], I found a moment of tranquility. “

After starting the practice, Kiri said her mental and physical health improved dramatically compared to other people in her age group. On top of that, she said she had improved her skills as a designer, adding that she seemed to be inspired out of nowhere.

Jackie Lin, 48, a production planning manager at a semiconductor company, said she has participated in the annual character formation many times since 2014.

Many locals stood nearby and watched as the event unfolded.

Mrs. Wu, a housewife, said she had never seen a character formed at Liberty Square. She described the scene as a “spectacular and spectacular” display.

Another local car industry salesperson, Liu, said he was impressed with how orderly he was when they submitted to their location in the formation. Liu has seen photos of past events online, but this is the first time he has met in person.

Liu expressed concern about the ongoing persecution in China and said it was “very inhumane.”

Taipei City counselor Lin Immeng called on Taiwanese and neighboring countries to blame the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for human rights abuses, including those against Falun Gong practitioners and Christians.

“I hope Taiwan will be a safe port for the various ethnic groups and people who are being oppressed. [by Beijing]Lin said in an interview with the Taiwanese version of The Epoch Times. “We hope we can continue to provide support to those persecuted by the CCP.”



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