Despite dark skies and, at times, heavy rain, London’s famous Leicester Square Gardens were bright and cheerful, lit up by the colourful costumes and smiles of those celebrating Falun Dafa Day.
Overlooked by a statue of William Shakespeare which stands in the middle of the gardens, an audience remained permanently throughout the day. Passersby stopped to watch and absorb the spectacle for a while before moving on again, to be replaced by newcomers attracted by the beautiful music.
Practitioners of Falun Gong had come from all over the country to participate in the celebrations. They distributed leaflets and chatted with people who stopped to find out more.
|Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises|
|The celebrations included a parasol dance and a lion dance/tr>|
Each performance was introduced in Chinese and English by two announcers, who explained the significance of Falun Dafa Day to the audience, described the principles of the practice, and also explained about the persecution which Falun Gong suffers in China.
Thousands of leaflets were given out, together with intricately folded paper lotus flowers, bearing the message: The World needs Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance.
Part of the cycle of performances were frequent demonstrations of the five Falun Gong exercises. Some people commented on the energy field they experienced as practitioners performed the slow movements, peacefully and serenely, despite the rain. Some of the audience spontaneously joined in with the demonstration as they watched transfixed.
All the participants gathered together happily at the end of the day for a group photograph, to send their heartfelt best wishes to Master Li Hongzhi.
|Many people took leaflets to find out more and signed a petition calling for an end to the persecution|
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