(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners were invited to attend the Tet Festival, a celebration of the Vietnamese lunar new year, in Adelaide in mid-January 2023. Many people at the event expressed an interest in learning the Falun Dafa exercises.
The same Vietnamese group also hosted the 1st annual Asian Street Food Festival in Adelaide, Australia, in mid-December 2022. Practitioners set up a booth to introduce Falun Dafa and provided dance performances.
During both events, many people asked questions about Falun Dafa and signed a petition to support practitioners’ efforts to end the persecution in China. Practitioners gave out flyers and lotus flowers.
Some people learned the Falun Dafa exercises during the event while others wrote down the local group practice site locations and times and got information about the exercise instruction videos, which are available online for free on FalunDafa.org.
Mr. Hung is Vietnamese and brought his family to visit practitioners’ booth during the Tet Festival. He signed the petition and expressed his support for practitioners.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners and forced live organ harvesting is very evil,” he said. “I hope this persecution ends immediately.”
Mr. Hung said that he had seen practitioners raising awareness in Adelaide’s city centre and Chinatown. He said practitioners looked peaceful. He wished Master Li, the founder of Falun Dafa, and Falun Dafa practitioners a happy new year.
Teju, from Afghanistan, said, “The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are the most fundamental principles of humankind.”
Teju is a human rights defender who traveled to the United Nations to speak up for refugees. He pays attention to human rights issues, especially in places like China and southeast Asia. He understood that the CCP has committed barbaric acts and gross human rights violations during the persecution of Falun Dafa, including forced organ harvesting. He was also aware of the CCP’s concentration camps for Uyghurs and about its suppression of democracy in Hong Kong.
“The CCP has always been covering up the truth. The media does not cover much about it either. Take the current COVID-19 pandemic (CCP virus) for example, the CCP is hiding the true number of pandemic cases and the world does not know what is exactly going on in China,” he said.
Organisers of the Asian Food Festival Grateful for Practitioners’ Participation
Practitioners set up a booth at the Asian Food Festival and attracted the attention of many attendees in mid-December 2022. The practitioners’ booth matched the theme of “Islands of Bali.” Practitioners’ dance performances were praised by the organisers and spectators.
Teresa, one of the food festival organisers, praised practitioners’ Tang dynasty costumes.
“I am very grateful for the beautiful dances and performances. I enjoyed it a lot. I have also told many Chinese passersby about Falun Dafa and told them Falun Dafa practitioners are a group of kind people,” she said.
A tourist from Canberra came across the booth and hugged a practitioner. She said that she works in a government facility, and she often sees practitioners raising awareness in front of Canberra’s Chinese Embassy. She praised practitioners’ determination and perseverance.