The Saipan Falun Dafa Association will be celebrating World Falun Dafa Day on May 13, with members spreading the group’s tenets of “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance” by passing out informational pamphlets and giving small lotus flowers as gifts at the San Jose intersection in front of Atkins-Kroll Toyota Saipan from 9am to 11am on Thursday, and a motorcade parade from 3pm to 5pm later in the day.
The celebration on May 13 is one of many Falun Dafa events that are planned in May. Previous motorcade parades took place on May 1,8, and 9 and future motorcade parades are planned for this Thursday and Friday.
A Saipan Falun Dafa Saipan spokesperson, who asked that she only be identified by her first name, Catherine, thanked the Department of Public Safety for its help in ensuring that Falun Dafa’s motorcade parades go smoothly, and helping making sure that the parades were “peaceful and full of righteousness.”
“The universal value of ‘Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance’ will increasingly be rooted in the hearts of the simple and kind-hearted residents of Saipan. ….Everyone is welcome to personally experience the physical and mental health and beauty that Falun Dafa brings to people through understanding the truth,” said Catherine.
Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong, is a religious movement that was formed in the early 1990s by U.S.-based religious leader Li Hongzhi, and the group’s global headquarters are located in Deerpark, New York. Falun Dafa’s teachings pull from Taoist and Buddhist traditions, and the group’s members seek to achieve spiritual enlightenment through meditation and emphasizing morality and cultivating virtue.
The Chinese government cracked down on Falun Dafa in 1999, stating that the group is a “heretical organization that threatens social stability.” Since then, thousands of its practitioners have reportedly been persecuted and subjected to multiple human rights violations in China. Today, Falun Dafa has believers in 70 countries, and membership numbers supposedly range from 40,000 to hundreds of thousands.