Dragons and Heavenly Maidens Visit Flushing for 2019 Lunar New Year ParadeGolden dragons flew through Flushing, hovering low and allowing people to touch their smooth scales as floats carrying heavenly maidens went by, granting the earthly realm a glimpse of their divine finery. It was a magical entrance to the Lunar New Year.
Lions danced to ward away negative elements and roused the crowds with majestic glances, making way for friendship and the good elements that bring people of all backgrounds together.
And it wouldn’t be a parade if there wasn’t a marching band.
The Sound of HeavenDrums were booming the sounds of heaven—which is what you would expect from the Tian Guo Marching Band: “Tian Guo” meaning celestial in Chinese. It was an orderly wave of blue and white, resembling the sky, with speckles of brass among the clouds.
The marching band heralded the principles of the traditional Chinese meditation practice Falun Dafa: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Banners emblazoned with the three virtues followed—virtues that are followed by millions around the world, from both East and West.
Traditional Reporting, Traditional NewsAlong with the traditional items, outfits, drums, and music, the media was also present—specifically Epoch Media Group. Aboard a float of their own—with two brawny fellows beating away at a giant drum—the reporters wore blue and yellow sashes, branded with the Epoch Media Group’s promise, to deliver truthful, traditional reporting.
Paul Greany, a business manager for NTD said that the group “isn’t politically affiliated, they don’t have any political background—they just tell the truth independently,” setting them apart from other media.
The media group also works toward creating a mutual understanding between the East and the West, which partnered perfectly with the parade, like chopsticks and rice. One reporter shared a crucial element of their mission: the point where it all began.
When Dragons Bid FarewellThe final section of the parade were Falun Dafa practitioners, dressed in gold, who bid the crowds farewell and good vibrations with a beating of the drums. It was a spirited crowd, celebrating a traditional holiday, but unfortunately the heavenly maidens and golden dragons could stay in this earthly realm no longer.
But they did not leave without paving the path to a year of friendship and good fortune: the year of the pig.