May 13, 2013 was the 14th World Falun Dafa Day. Russian Dafa practitioners in St. Petersburg celebrated the special day at Finland Station Square near the banks of the Neva River. Practitioners wished Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Dafa) a Happy Birthday, and expressed their thanks to Master Li. They also demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises and introduced the practice to passersby.
It was a sunny day, and the square was crowded and noisy. The practitioners celebrated with performances on waist drums, a dragon dance, a lion dance, as well as other traditional Chinese dances. Display boards on the square showed the beauty of Falun Dafa and exposed the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Several practitioners demonstrated the five peaceful, slow-moving Falun Gong exercises in front of the station. Many people stopped to watch the demonstration. Some people took pictures, and some stayed around to learn more about the persecution that is currently occurring in China. After learning more about the persecution, people expressed both shock and anger. Many signed the petition to call for an end to the persecution in China.
|Practitioners wish Master Li Hongzhi a Happy Birthday||Falun Gong exercise demonstration|
|Performing a dragon dance||Performing a lion dance|
|A traditional Chinese dance|
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