NEW YORK, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning at noon, a three hour splash of color will light up 42nd Street as almost 7,000 people celebrate World Falun Dafa Day in a parade stretching from 2nd to 11th Avenue.
The parade will be the culmination of a week of activities happening around the five boroughs. Thousands of people from around the world are expected to converge on the city, often in their distinctive yellow Falun Dafa shirts, as they do each year to join celebrations.
Practitioners in more than 100 countries celebrate May 13 every year, because it was on that day in 1992 that Falun Dafa was first introduced to the public. Millions of people around the world have benefitted from the teachings of Falun Dafa, finding something simple yet profound in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, which are the core of the practice.
The parade will also mark the ongoing brutal repression of Falun Gong practitioners in China. "Falun Dafa practitioners have shown remarkable resilience and creativity," said David Tompkins of the Tuidang Center, an organizer of the parade. "They have found many ways to peacefully defy the Chinese Communist regime's suppression of their belief. This parade is also a celebration of that resilience."
What: Parade in Manhattan celebrating World Falun Dafa Day
Where: 42nd Street from 2nd to 11th Avenue
When: Friday, May 15th, 2015 beginning at 12 noon
Falun Dafa is a self-cultivation practice with five gentle, easy-to-learn exercises, one of which is a meditation. Falun Dafa also consists of learning the principles of self-cultivation, that is, how to embody Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. The cultivation system resonated with Chinese people, growing through word of mouth from a handful of people in 1992, when it was first made public, to an estimated 70 million in 1999. In July 1999, China's Communist regime launched a brutal campaign in an effort to suppress Falun Dafa. For 16 years the regime has used violence, censorship, and propaganda in its attack on the practice. This violence continues today.
SOURCE The Tuidang Center