(Minghui.org) The grand Respecting Country Parade was held in Adelaide on the evening of Australia Day, January 26, 2024. Falun Dafa practitioners attended the event and were warmly welcomed.
Held at the shore of River Torrens, the parade started at the landmark Adelaide Oval, and continued over the curved Torrens River Footbridge into Elder Park. Over 50 local groups dressed up and participated in the parade and celebrated Australia Day with tens of thousands of audience members.
Practitioners were dressed in yellow T-shirts, which displayed imprinted words such as “Falun Dafa is Good” in the front or back of their shirts. Accompanied by peaceful music, they demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises while walking in the parade and had smiles on their faces. The peaceful exercises were well received by the audience. Onlookers raised their phones and took pictures. Some people from the audience mimicked their movements.
Hungarian Immigrant: Acknowledges Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and Hopes the Persecution Will Soon End
Hungarian immigrant Martin had been told about Falun Dafa and the persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the past. He hoped that the persecution would end soon. He was very glad to learn about the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He took an informational flier and invited people to take a picture with them.
Mongolian Practiced Falun Dafa and Stopped Practicing Because of the Persecution
A man from Inner Mongolia invited two elder western practitioners to take a picture with him. He told a Chinese practitioner that he used to practice Falun Dafa. He thought it was a good practice of self-cultivation, and effective in improving one’s health. He stopped practicing Falun Dafa after the CCP began to suppress Falun Dafa.
The practitioner told him that heaven will not tolerate the CCP persecuting Falun Dafa, and this is a cultivation system that teaches people to be good by following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They told people that good is being rewarded and bad being punished is a law of heaven. He advised the man to quit the CCP and be safe in the future.
The man agreed to what the practitioner said. He said, “Today’s youngsters in China all hate the CCP.” He said that he was from the prairie and never joined the CCP and its youth organisations. The practitioner told him to remember “Falun Dafa is Good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good.” He immediately raised his hand and shouted, “Falun Dafa is Good!”
Young Student: Wisdom Opened Up by Practicing Falun Dafa
Vietnamese student Ngoc participated in the parade with her family. She said that she was happy to have an opportunity to introduce Falun Dafa to Australian people along with other practitioners.
Ngoc received outstanding scores in last year’s university entrance exams. She was admitted to the best local university and her favorite department.
Ngoc’s father recommended Falun Dafa to her six years ago. She experienced a clearer mind and better health after she began practicing Falun Dafa. She gives top priority to reading Falun Dafa books and doing the exercises. She even continued with studying the Fa and persevered during the period of preparing for the entrance exams. Her exam results were outstanding and exceeded her expectations.
She said, “I like to learn Falun Dafa. Falun Dafa teaches me to be a good person, an even better person. I understand more of the Fa principles by studying the Fa, and Falun Dafa opens up my wisdom.”
She tries to be good by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in her daily life. She is always ready to help others. Her classmates and friends all like her and support her practice of Falun Dafa. She is very understanding. Beside taking care of her younger brothers, she also works to earn money to support her school. As soon as she finished the university entrance exams, she immediately found a full time summer job.
Now, all five members of her family practice Falun Dafa. Besides reading the Fa and doing the exercises at home, they go to the Dafa practice site twice a week to do the exercises with other practitioners. Also during weekends, they join other practitioners to read the Fa as a group. They proactively participate in various activities to spread Falun Dafa and raise awareness of the persecution. The entire family is bathed in the Buddha light and enjoying fulfilling and happy lives.
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