The 36th Chinese New Year celebration in University of Pennsylvania was held on January 21, 2017, Saturday. Falun Gong practitioners were invited to participate. It was their nineteenth year to participate in the event.
The celebration was held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, which is well-known for multicultural exchange and the exploration of human history. Thousands of people attended.
The museum was crowded with visitors that day. The celebration was rich with various events, including music, dancing, calligraphy, lion dancing, martial arts, Taiji and Falun Gong exercise demonstration, handicraft, and child entertainment programs.
Falun Gong practitioners set up a stand and demonstrated the exercises on the stage. They introduced the beneficial effect of the practice on health and morality to the public. They also showed Chinese calligraphy. Many visitors visited the stand and watched the exercise demonstration.
Many people became to learn more about the grace of Falun Gong and the persecution it faces in China. Prof. Tony Cosenza of University of Pennsylvania said, “I like Chinese traditional culture as it has 5000 years history and is fascinating.”
Falun Gong was new to him. He felt relaxed when learning the exercises. Regrading to the persecution, he said that dictators oppress people. He hopes that the persecution will end soon.
Sheila White felt refreshed and peaceful from learning the exercises. She said American people are busy every day and Falun Gong can help them relax. She said she had heard about the persecution and couldn’t understand how something so peaceful could be treated that way.