Fact Check: Does This Video Show Diwali Celebrations in America? Here’s The Truth

A video of crackers bursting on a road is doing rounds on social media with a claim that it shows Diwali celebrations in America. The post takes a dig at the cracker ban imposed by several states in India.

Facebook users shared the video with the Hindi caption, “यह है अमेरिका में हिंदुओं की दिवाली और हम हिंदू हिंदुस्तान में पंगु बनकर बैठे हैं जय श्री राम, प्रभु श्री राम ने चाहा तो अगले साल ऐसी दीपावली हम भी मनाएंगे”

(English Translation: This is the Diwali of Hindus in America and we Hindus are sitting like cripples in India. Jai Shri Ram…If Lord Shri Ram wishes, we will also celebrate such a Diwali next year)

Here’s the link to the above post. More such posts can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found out that the claim is fake.

On putting the keyframes of the video through Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same video was uploaded on Facebook on April 18, 2021. The caption written in Mandarin can be loosely translated to ‘Baishatun Mazu goes on tour. Why are they burning money? This is the record of burning money!‘.

The Baishatun Mazu Pilgrimage is usually held annually between lunar January and April in the western plains of Taiwan, a major Taoist religious event since 1863. This year the procession began on April 11.

During this year’s event organised by the Baishatun Gongtian Temple, the procession of the Taoist sea goddess Mazu was set to travel around 400 kilometres to Yunlin County.

Further, we found the clip in a YouTube video published by SETN, a Taiwan-based news channel on April 16, 2021. The title of the video can be translated to, ‘Firecrackers stretch for 500 meters to warmly welcome Baishatun Mazu|Sanli News SETN.com”

In the YouTube video, we noticed some text on the jacket of a person covering the event. With the help of Google lens, we found that the text reads, “Baishatun Gongtian Temple Our Lady of Heaven”.

Additionally, we found reports and pictures of the celebrations from different years where we could spot strings of firecrackers burnt during the procession.

NewsMobile debunked the same video earlier too when it was shared as Italy celebrating the Euro Cup win.

Fact Check: Video Of Firecrackers At Taiwan Event Shared As Italy Celebrating Euro Cup Win

Hence, with the help of the above information, it is clear that the video shows a religious event in Taiwan, not of Diwali celebration in America.

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