Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, an ancient meditation discipline with moral teachings centered on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, was first introduced to the public on May 13, 1992, in the city of Changchun in northeastern China. May 13, which is also the birthday of the practices founder, Li Hongzhi, is now recognized as World Falun Dafa Day.
Every year, practitioners in more than 90 countries around the world celebrate the occasion.
Lawmakers from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Australia joined in the commemoration.
“This day recognizes the millions of people around the world that have found this ancient Chinese culture practice to be key in addressing stresses and anxiety of modern-day life,” Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) stated in a letter.
Tamara Jansen, a Conservative Party member of Canadas Parliament, wrote, “Though the festivities are taking place in a different form this year, the Falun Dafa principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance are being honored and celebrated.”
Sen. Tom Killion (R-Pa.) called the practice “a powerful mechanism for relieving stress and healing,” and expressed appreciation for the group enriching his constituent communitys diversity, while Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Falun Gong serves as a “positive example to the world.”
Meanwhile, a request for the U.S. flag in front of the Capitol building in Washington to fly in honor of World Falun Dafa Day on May 13 came from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
“On World Falun Dafa Day, we strive to uphold the universal tenets of truthfulness, compassion, & forbearance, ideals that are fundamental to the expression of the Falun Gong faith,” Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, said May 13 in a message of support on Twitter.
The celebration has been overshadowed for years by the continuous persecution of adherents in China. Since July 1999, hundreds of thousands of adherents have been thrown into prisons, labor camps, and brainwashing centers amid the atheist Chinese regimes sweeping persecution campaign.
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