On May 10, Dafa practitioners from Rhode Island, Massachusetts gathered in a park in Providence, the capital city of Rhode Island, wished Master a happy Birthday and celebrated World Falun Dafa Day.
The celebration activity started from 12 pm. The host introduced Falun Gong to the audience and briefly narrated the journey of clarifying the truth during last four years. The practitioners sang songs to express their best wishes. One Western practitioner shared his personal cultivation experience and told all from the bottom of his heart, "Falun Dafa is good."
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At noon on May 13, 2003, the sunshine was warm and bright, and Dafa practitioners in the city of Corvallis, Oregon joined practitioners around the world to joyfully welcome the arrival of World Falun Dafa Day. Corvallis is a small city, but as it is the home to Oregon State University, there are many students from around the world, and there are also many Chinese students.
Dafa practitioners displayed a photo board and various truth-clarifying materials at the square in front of Memorial Union Building, introducing the goodness of Falun Dafa and the persecution in China to students passing by. Dafa practitioners demonstrated the five sets of exercises to the beautiful music, attracting many students to stop and watch. A middle-aged man walked up to look at the display board and enquired about the situation of Falun Gong in China. He said that the suppression must be stopped!
Dafa practitioners deeply felt the urgency of clarifying the truth and offering salvation to people. Only by following Master closely, and doing well in the three things as a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple, can we be worthy of Master's compassionate salvation. In the end, we respectfully wished Master a happy birthday. Master, please believe that Oregon Dafa practitioners will keep up with the progress of Fa-rectification and walk each step well.
On May 11, 2003, Saturday, Falun Dafa practitioners in the City of Sacramento, the capital of California, held group practise and a truth-clarifying poster display to welcome the May 13 World Falun Dafa Day.
It was a clear and sunny day. In the early morning, practitioners arrived at the state Capitol building and set up display posters. They then practised Falun Gong exercises. Tourists who came to visit the state capitol building occasionally stopped and looked at the display boards and watched practitioners' exercise demonstration. Three lovely young practitioners politely and warmly greeted tourists who passed by and handed out flyers to them. A number of tourists carefully looked at the display boards and listened to practitioners' explanations. Some people took the initiative to sign the petition to rescue Charles Li. In the afternoon, practitioners sent forth righteous thoughts simultaneously with fellow practitioners all over the world and concluded the one-day activity.
After the celebration of World Falun Dafa Day on May 11, San Antonio Dafa practitioners brought a festive atmosphere and the beauty of Falun Dafa to City Hall at noon on May 13.
Banners, balloons, display boards, and beautiful exercises won the appreciation of many people who were passing by. Photos depicting the persecution and journey of Fa-rectification showed to people the great compassion and tolerance demonstrated by Dafa practitioners in the tribulations over the last four years, and how in the last eleven years, Master Li has brought the universal principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" to the world, taking so many Dafa disciples on their path to returning to their true, original selves.
We would like to send our most respectful birthday wishes to our benevolent and great Master.
"Celebrating Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance with Music, Song, and Dance" was this year's theme of Missouri Falun Dafa practitioner's celebration of World Falun Dafa Day. The event was held in the Missouri state capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri on May 13, 2003. The concert featured vocal solos, violin and clarinet solos, and traditional Chinese dance performances. Practitioners also presented the Missouri Governor's proclamation for "World Falun Dafa Month" for the month of May. In addition, a college student from the University of Missouri presented a resolution issued by the student government, which condemned the human rights violations of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
Practitioners performed the concert inside the capitol building, then moved the celebration outdoors for more music, dance, and exercise demonstrations. In addition to the colourful banners, signs, and balloons, a large 6'X 8' balloon that read, "Falun Gong Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" was displayed on the Capitol steps and lawn.
Although the wind and clouds threatened to bring a storm, the practitioners paid no attention and happily set up the decorations, truth-clarifying materials and music equipment. Meanwhile, a few practitioners presented a "World Falun Dafa Day" magnet attached to a greeting card to each government office in the Capitol building to say "thank you" for their support.
With righteous thoughts, the outdoor concert celebration turned out to be a great success. A reporter from the Jefferson City News Tribune attended as well as reporters from New Tang Dynasty TV and Epoch Times.
Dafa practitioners from Houston, Texas held activities in front of the city hall on both May 10th and 11th to celebrate "World Falun Dafa Day".
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