Saturday, April 13, 2013

Australia: Township of Beechworth Invites Falun Gong Practitioners to Participate in Easter Festivities

April 11, 2013
( Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) practitioners from Melbourne traveled to the country town of Beechworth on Saturday March 30 to participate in the town’s Easter Saturday parade and festivities.
Waist Drummers give a special performance for spectators
Well known for its bakery and local honey, Beechworth, with a population of around 3,700, is located in northeast Victoria, roughly 285km from Melbourne. Each Easter Saturday, Beechworth hosts an annual parade that showcases community groups, schools, and local organizations.
Over the long Easter weekend, up to 20,000 people were estimated to have attended the festivities.
Among the 65 Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) practitioners who participated in the Easter Saturday parade were the waist drummers and fan dancers who also gave their own individual performances to delight crowds.
Fan Dancers performing in the Easter parade
Waist drummers in the parade
Practitioners also hosted a lotus flower paper-folding workshop and demonstrated calligraphy and the Falun Dafa exercises at the event.
Writing the name ‘Sebastian’ in Chinese characters
Making a lotus flower at the festival
Overall a nice sunny day with many smiling faces, it was a fantastic day for everyone in Beechworth.