It’s long been a tradition for Chinese people to welcome the Lunar New Year by sending greetings and goodwill to loved ones and those they respect.
As China ushered in the Lunar New Year on Jan. 22, people across the nation recently sent ecard greetings to Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa.
The discipline, rooted in ancient Chinese beliefs on spiritual improvement, was first introduced by Mr. Li to the Chinese public in 1992. With gentle, meditative exercises and moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, Falun Gong attracted individuals from all walks of life—from high-ranking officials to farmers—leading to an estimated 70 million to 100 million adherents in the country by the end of the decade.
In a bid to enlist the Chinese public’s support for the persecution, the communist regime also launched an expansive propaganda campaign aimed at demonizing the practice, spread through state media and school education.
This year, tens of thousands of Lunar New Year greeting cards from mainland China once again poured into Minghui.org, a U.S.-based website that reports news related to Falun Gong and the persecution, revealing the practice has remained strong in China despite the regime’s unrelenting suppression campaign.
Besides well wishes from Falun Gong adherents around the world, mainland Chinese who haven’t taken up the practice also sent their greetings, which can be viewed on dozens of pages recently published on Minghui.
The well-wishers hailed from regions across the nation, from metropolitan centers like Beijing and Tianjin to rural villages in remote areas of south China’s Yunnan Province. In the e-cards, Mr. Li is typically addressed as “Master,” a title of respect for a teacher or instructor in Chinese culture, though most individuals didn’t leave their names on the message for fear of reprisals during the ongoing persecution.
Among the cards wishing Mr. Li a heartfelt happy Lunar New Year is one created by a Tianjin resident.
“After being indoctrinated by atheism, evolutionary theory, and the Chinese Communist Party’s theories from childhood, I became narrow-minded and did many wrong things, generating lots of karma,” the resident wrote, referring to the traditional Chinese concept of karma, which is accrued by committing bad or immoral deeds.
Another resident from the coastal province of Shandong in eastern China sent greetings on behalf of his family.
Protection During Massive OutbreakAs the Chinese regime lifted the harsh travel restrictions in December, millions of Chinese people were finally able to travel home for the Lunar New Year after three years of separation under the regime’s draconian zero-COVID policy.
While some of his loved ones were also infected, the writer said they managed to ward off severe physical symptoms and the psychological strain with the help of Falun Gong’s teachings. By “keeping kind thoughts and gratitude and reciting “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” the man said everyone in his family was able to “safely get through the disaster.”
“It is here to weed out members of the [Chinese Communist] Party and those who have sided with it,” Mr. Li stated.
Another resident from Beijing’s Shijingshan district also recounted his family’s experience during the huge wave of infections.
“We believe the pandemic targets people aligned with the CCP,” the resident wrote, referring to Mr. Li’s March 2020 article. He added that all of his family have renounced their affiliations with the Party. “We sincerely thank Master Li for saving our lives.”
“Jiang Zemin is dead. The collapse of the Chinese Communist Party will come soon … We are looking forward to the day of reunion with you,” read a message from a resident of Pingshan county in northern China’s Hebei Province.
“Wishing you a happy Chinese New Year!”