Taiwan Celebrates World Falun Dafa Day
PINGTUNG, Taiwan—May 13, 2009, is World Falun Dafa Day and the seventeenth anniversary since Falun Dafa's founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, began teaching in China. There will be celebrations all around the world.
In the morning of May 9, over six thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, Taiwan, and lined up to form the book Zhuan Falun. (Wu Bohua/The Epoch Times)
Six thousand Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, in southern Taiwan, on the morning of May 9—lining up to form an image of Mr. Li’s book Zhuan Falun. The activity was to celebrate and commemorate the spread and blessing of Falun Dafa as well as to show their respect and gratefulness to Mr. Li.
Cheng Chi-Mei, organizer of the activity said, “Lining up to form the book Zhuan Falun is the first time practitioners in Taiwan composed the three Chinese characters ‘Li-Hong-Zhi’ and formed a three-dimensional Zhuan Falun book. Also, we have broken the record with the largest number of people joining in an activity of forming these Chinese characters.”
Chen Gui-lin was in charge of location planning. “Many Falun Gong practitioners went three days without sleep to decorate the area in gusty winds. The Puding Prairie has Mt. Tajian in the background and the Pacific Ocean in the front. One can see the Eluanbi Lighthouse from afar. The Lighthouse symbolizes Zhuan Falun being a guide of hope and light.
More than six thousand Falun Gong practitioners gathered at the Puding Prairie in Kenting, southern Taiwan, and did the five Falun Dafa exercises together, May 9. (Wu Bohua/The Epoch Times)
“In previous years, the celebrations of World Falun Dafa Day were often held at the Chiang-Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei or tourist spots in central Taiwan. This is the first time we have moved the celebration to the southern tip of Taiwan,” said Chen.
At 10 a.m. on May 9, in the Celestial Marching Band played music, while 6,000 practitioners wearing white and yellow lined up and wished Mr. Li Hongzhi a happy birthday. They then did the five Falun Gong exercises and participated in a parade through the streets. The celebration ended at 6 p.m.
Hong Ji-hong, member of the Falun Dafa Association in Taiwan, said that everyone came to the prairie out of gratitude. “They joined the sacred and meaningful activity to celebrate Mr. Li’s birthday and World Falun Dafa Day.”
The practitioners that joined the character-forming activity came from all walks of life. The oldest was 98-year-old Ma from Tainan city, and the youngest was 4-year-old Hsu Fa-En. Before Ma practiced Falun Gong, his health was poor, “I spent my days taking pills and injections. I was better dead than alive. My greatest fortune came when I had the opportunity to learn Falun Dafa 10 years ago. Shortly thereafter I was pain and illness free.”
Four-year-old Hsu came with his father from Taipei. He sat with his legs crossed among other practitioners and said, “I am a young practitioner. Falun Dafa is good. I wish Teacher happy birthday.”
Mr. Li Hongzhi started teaching Falun Gong on May 13, 1992, in Changchun city, northeastern China. Seventeen years later, Falun Dafa has spread to over 80 countries in the world. On May 13, 2000, practitioners celebrated the first World Falun Dafa Day to let the people of the world understand the significance of this day.
The book Zhuan Falun has been translated into over 30 languages and is the main text of Falun Gong.
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