Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on April 3 had appealed to the nation that they switch off all their lights at 9pm for 9 minutes on April 5 and light earthen lamps or candles to express solidarity during these trying times of the lockdown.
And of course, people followed the prime minister's call with gusto, but some perhaps a little too enthusiastically. Several parts of the country witnessed bursting of loud firecrackers, that extended way beyond the 9 minutes. Some people also blew conch shells and chants like 'Bharat mata ki jai' and 'jai shree ram'.
And while the majority of the citizens participated in this event which some are calling 'second Diwali', the senseless use of firecrackers did not go down well with many on Twitter. Here's what they had to say:
Eerie Similarity Or Just A Coincidence?
In 1939, Nazis celebrated 6th anniversary of National Socialism with a torchlight procession.
Let's remember that while lighting a diya or clapping is a great gesture, it becomes meaningless if you are not doing anything to realistically help our medical workers and those in need. So don't forget to donate to NGOs working with migrant labourers, feed stray animals in your vicinity and most importantly, practice social distancing!