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World Falun Dafa Day Celebrations

Every year on May 13th, Falun Dafa practitioners from around the world gather to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day.

Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, is a spiritual meditation discipline based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Seeing the happy smiles as practitioners reunite on this momentous day, it’s hard to believe that many of them endured tremendous suffering and hardship.

Many Chinese practitioners suffered persecution in China for insisting on their beliefs in Falun Dafa, spending years behind bars.

In this special episode of America Daily, reporter Arleen Richards brings you into the lives of four Falun Dafa practitioners who celebrated World Falun Dafa Day at the International Family Festival in Deerpark, New York.

The festival brought together people of many nationalities to one location for family fun, rides, good food, and entertainment.

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Musical performances by students from the Northern Academy of the Arts in Middletown, New York.

Four Practitioners Share Their Stories

Relaxing during a musical performance, we met Mr. Erh Boon Tiong and Mr. Sam Cheung, Falun Dafa practitioners from Singapore and Hong Kong.

Mr. Erh Boon Tiong

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Falun Dafa practitioner Mr. Erh Boon Tiong.

Mr. Erh, a cymbal player for the lion dance, began the practice of Falun Dafa in 1996. A modest and humble man, Mr. Erh was at first a little reluctant to speak.

According to Clearwisdom Digest, in July, 2006, Mr. Erh was arrested in Singapore for peacefully protesting in front of the Chinese Embassy about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. In November of that year, a Singapore court sentenced Mr. Erh to a prison term for exercising his freedom of speech.

Mr. Erh said the Singapore government was influenced by the CCP and adopted some of their rules.

He and his wife came to the United States in 2006 and resumed their human rights work. His wife, who was a Chinese citizen, was not allowed to practice Falun Dafa in Singapore. He explained another tragedy that he experienced in May of 2008. This time it happened in Flushing, NY.

According to a May 21, 2008 article written by Epoch Times staff, Erh was part of a group of Falun Gong practitioners who had set up a booth on the sidewalk outside the Flushing Library and organized peaceful rallies to encourage Chinese people to quit the CCP. But on that day, the booth was attacked.

Epoch Times staff said the CCP supporters were trying to take Erh’s camera when they assaulted him.

Mr. Sam Cheung

Sam Cheung, a drummer for the lion dance at the festival, said he learned about Falun Dafa from his wife, who was a Chinese citizen. Even though he knew China outlawed the practice, he still wanted to learn it.

Mr. Cheung came to the United States with his wife in 2000. He had been practicing for 3 years. He had to leave Hong King because his wife was not allowed to practice Falun Dafa.

His wife escaped from the Chinese prison and contacted Cheung. Their young son was rescued several weeks earlier by Cheung’s family. He and his wife planned to meet in Japan then travel together to New York. Cheung said his son was speechless when his mother arrived in Japan, having not seen her for many days. To this day, although Cheung’s son is now in his 20s, he still has trouble sleeping at times, worrying that his mother may leave again.

Ms. Thao Truong

Ms. Thao Truong began practicing Falun Dafa in 2012.

Truong, a restaurant owner, started out doing the meditation exercises in the park and in a short time, she noticed miraculous effects.

According to Truong, her health significantly improved within two weeks.

Ms. Van Mac

Ms. Van Mac, a pharmacist in Vietnam, began practicing Falun Dafa just two years ago, in 2017. Visiting the U.S. for the second time, Mac spoke to us with the assistance of her friend Von, who is a doctor.

Mac said she secretly stopped taking her medicine for a month, then officially announced to her family that she had quit.

Van had also suffered with insomnia for over 20 years.

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