WHITE PLAINS, New York—Sunday marked the culmination of events around New York, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Falun Gong’s introduction to the public. Over the weekend, practitioners held events at Times Square, Chinatown, outside the Chinese Consulate, and in parks all over Manhattan. On Sunday, more than 7,000 people attended a conference at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y., where they shared about their improvements in the practice.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional Chinese spiritual practice with teachings based on the principles of being honest, kind, and tolerant, and that also involves doing gentle exercises and sitting meditation.
The day of the conference, May 13, held special significance, since it’s the birthday of Falun Gong’s founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi. May 13 is also celebrated each year as World Falun Dafa Day.