On May 28th and 29th 2005, a two day “World Village” celebration was held in a park in the Finnish capital Helsinki. According to a report, nearly one hundred thousand people joined this event, including the President of Finland and her husband. There was a great diversity of items on display including food, music, singing, dancing, sports and artworks. It was really a big show of different cultures. Among them, Falun Gong won a big welcome for its peaceful, wonderful and colourful display of Eastern culture.
Crowds were attracted to the Falun Gong stall. Many ladies of different ages liked the folded paper lotus flowers on the table. Some people could not help but exclaim, “So beautiful!” and “How lovely!” Some elderly people were even happy to the point of shedding tears. They held the lotus flowers in their palms and watched for quite a while. Some ladies started to learn how to make the lotus flowers at the table. The children were so glad when they were given a lotus flower and so were their parents. They kept saying “thanks” to us.
At the end of the first day’s exhibition, we started to pack up. However, a middle-aged gentleman was still carefully reading our display boards to find out the truth of the persecution in China. Because the display boards were quite small, the print on the boards was not big and it was not easy for him to read it. But this gentleman did not leave until he got a leaflet and finished reading both of the boards.
There was another Chinese person who said that he knew the real situation of Falun Gong because one of his friends and also a family member practise Falun Gong. He agreed that he would like to join the 2 million people who have already renounced their Chinese Communist Party membership on the Tuidang (Withdraw from the Party) website run by The Epoch Times.
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