United Kingdom: Falun Gong Practitioners "Add a Vibrant Touch" to the Edinburgh Arts Festival Parade

"Chinese light up Calvalcade". This, along with a large photo of Falun Dafa practitioners performing a fan dance was on the cover of Scotland's biggest newspaper The Scotsman on August 9, 2010. The lead story described the Falun Gong contingent in the Edinburgh arts festival parade.

On the afternoon of August 8, 2010, practitioners in the UK once again took part in the opening cavalcade of the world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival. According to the organizer, more than 100,000 people watched the parade. This year was the ninth year that UK Falun Gong practitioners took part.

The Scotsman publishes a large photo of the Falun Gong contingent.

Since 2002, Falun Dafa practitioners have taken part in the Edinburgh arts festival every year. In the photo from The Scotsman report was the Falun Dafa contingent's silk fan dance team, with the caption, "Dancers from Falun Dafa, regulars since 2002, add a vibrant touch to the Edinburgh Festival Calvalcade yesterday."

Practitioners demonstrate the exercises on the float, colourfully decorated with lotus flowers.
Following the float was the waist drum team, wearing golden uniforms. They marched and played with great enthusiasm.

Joe lives in Edinburgh, and he comes to see the arts festival parade every year. Joe told the reporters excitedly: "The impression they [The Falun Gong contingent] give us is very deep, and exceedingly good. It looks like they are all very beautiful and are brimming with vitality. This really fascinates me. Also, the exercises of Falun Gong are very beautiful, and very tranquil."

Ann commented: "I really like the Falun Gong group." Ann and her husband brought their daughter to see the parade, and she said: "I really like the Falun Gong group. They emit a kind of spiritual energy, which is very peaceful, very elegant and very good."

Retired teacher Helen and her friend Elizabeth came to see the parade together. She said: "The Falun Gong group is very good, and is very beautiful. The colours are very rich." "The Falun Gong practitioners send out a peaceful, harmonious message."

Falun Gong practitioners demonstrate the exercises.

After the parade concluded, according to the arrangement of the host of the activities, Falun Gong practitioners on a lawn near the parade's end once again demonstrated the exercises for the crowd.

Richard, an Edinburgh resident and Tai-chi practitioner, felt that Falun Gong has a very strong energy field. Richard earnestly watched the exercise demonstration. He said: "I can feel a very strong energy field. It makes people feel very calm, and their bodies and minds all calm along with it. It helps to clear away one's excess thoughts. In general, it seems to relieve the stress that comes from daily life. It is very good , I enjoyed it very much."

When the exercise demonstration finished, the announcer of the activities was speaking through the amplifier, saying: "On this sunny day, such a beautiful meditation exercise, is something that we can all bring home with us. Let us once again applaud the Falun Gong practitioners."

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