World Falun Dafa Day Celebrations in Europe

May 13 marks World Falun Dafa Day each year, and this year was the 23rd anniversary of Falun Dafa's introduction to the public. European Falun Dafa practitioners joined those from other continents to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day in 2015.

Ukraine
Practitioners in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine's fourth largest city, celebrated World Falun Dafa Day by demonstrating the exercises and traditional Chinese dance on May 13, 2015. They also displayed posters informing passersby about Falun Dafa. Parents with their children were given short stories—written by young practitioners—so that they could understand the benefits from practising the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Ukrainian practitioners demonstrating the Falun Dafa exercises Dance and poster display during the celebration

Passersby stopping to learn more information and sign petitions to help stop the persecution

The city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine was at war for several months last year. After the fighting was over, practitioners resumed doing the qigong exercises and telling people about Falun Dafa on weekends. They celebrated World Falun Dafa Day by demonstrating the exercises and collecting signatures for support to end the persecution on May 10.

A lady in her 90s stayed in front of the booth for a long time chatting with practitioners. After hearing about the brutal persecution in China, the lady talked about how her family were also victims of Communist Party brutality. Practitioners told her about the organ harvesting from living Falun Dafa practitioners in China, and gave her a hand-made lotus flower as well as some pamphlets. The lady signed the petitions to support ending the persecution.

Besides these two cities, practitioners in other Ukrainian cities, including Kharkiv, Odessa, and Ivano-Frankivsk, also celebrated this special occasion.


Poland
Polish practitioners gathered at the Warsaw Old Town on May 13 to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. Because this date coincided with the birthday of Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, they also wished Mr. Li a happy birthday.

The peaceful exercises and banners drew a large number of spectators. They took informational materials and signed petitions calling for an end to the brutal persecution in China.

Passers by sign the petition

Polish practitioners celebrating World Falun Dafa Day on May 13 and respectfully wish Master Li Happy Birthday

Germany
Practitioners from Bavaria, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria, gathered at the city center in Munich on May 16, to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. Impressed by the calm and gentle exercises, many pedestrians stopped by to learn more information. Upon hearing about the severe suppression in China, many signed petitions to support practitioners.

Chinese tourists and residents were also interested in the qigong exercises. They took pictures, read materials, and some quit the Chinese Communist Party organizations.

People reading posters to learn about Falun Dafa Passersby signing petitions to stop the persecution in China

World Falun Dafa Day celebration by practitioners from Bavaria, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria

Netherlands
Dutch practitioners went to the Hague and celebrated World Falun Dafa Day in front of the International Court of Justice, the primary judicial branch of the United Nations based in the Peace Palace. Through displaying posters and collecting signatures, they raised awareness of the brutal persecution in China.

According to falundafa.org, Falun Gong teachings have been translated in more than 30 languages and it is being practised in over 100 countries.

Exercise demonstration and poster display in front of the Peace Palace Tourists and residents signing petitions to stop the suppression in China

The celebration in Amsterdam was held at Dam Square, a famous for its unique buildings, including the Royal Palace Practitioners displayed photos and posters detailing the brutal persecution taking place in China. Many tourists saw the materials and signed the petition to support Falun Gong.

Practitioners wish Master Li a happy birthday Demonstrating the exercises

Turkey
To welcome the 16th World Falun Dafa Day, Falun Dafa practitioners in Turkey held a three-day gathering in which they studied the Fa teachings and practised the exercises in the southern city of Mersin from May 1 to 3.

Practitioners read the book Zhuan Falun and shared cultivation experiences. They practised the exercises together every morning and distributed flyers to local people afterwards. At the end, they took a group photo to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day and wish Master Li a happy birthday.


France

Falun Dafa practitioners in France celebrated World Falun Dafa Day and the birthday of Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of the practice, on May 10, 2015 Practitioners doing the exercises under the Eiffel Tower
Display boards inform passersby of the benefits of the practice and the fact that it has been persecuted in China for 16 years A Chinese tourist in Paris points to details of the communist party's killing of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience for their organs

Finland
Practitioners from Finland held a celebration at the train station in Helsinki on May 9. Like their fellow practitioners throughout Europe, they demonstrated the exercises, collected signatures, and helped a few Chinese to quit the CCP.

Italy

In Rome, Falun Dafa activities are a part of sightseeing for some Chinese tourists To celebrate World Falun Dafa Day, practitioners demonstrate the exercises at the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum in Rome on May 10, 2015

Denmark

Falun Dafa practitioners in Denmark celebrated World Falun Dafa Day at City Hall in Copenhagen on May 9. The banner reads, “Greetings, Master!” They also did the exercises together in Kings Park

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