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Fact Check: This video showing fireworks from a building has nothing to do with Diwali

We found in our investigation that the claim is false. This video is not of Diwali celebration but old video of New Year celebration in Taiwan.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: November 9, 2021

New Delhi (Vishvas News)| A video is going viral on social media, in which fireworks can be seen coming from a very tall building. Sharing the video, it is being claimed that it is a video of Diwali celebrations in Taiwan. We found in our investigation that the claim is false. This video is not of the Diwali celebration but an old video of the New Year celebration in Taiwan.

What is this viral post?

Facebook user Gautam Allahbadia shared the video and wrote, “This building is in Taipei, Taiwan, with 101 floors, lit during Diwali”

An archived version of this post can be viewed here.

Investigation

To check the viral post, we first did a Google reverse image search on the screen grabs of the viral video. We found this video on Taiwan News‘s YouTube channel. According to the description, the video is from Taiwan’s 2021 New Year Celebration.

Vishvas News also found this video embedded in a news report on taiwannews.com.tw. The thumb image of the screenshot of this video has also been used in the news. According to the news also the video is of 2021 New Year Celebration of Taiwan.

Vishvas News also got glimpses of this video in a video uploaded on 1 January 2021 on a YouTube channel named Lotnictwo.TV. According to the description written with this video, the video is of Taiwan’s 2021 New Year Celebration.

This video also went viral during the Tokyo Olympics with the claim that it is a video of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Vishvas News had fact-checked it at that time as well. The full investigation can be read here. At that time, we contacted Chris Chang, the chief reporter who wrote the news for Taiwan News. He told us that the video is from Taiwan’s 2021 New Year celebration.

We scanned the account of Gautam Allahbadia, who shared this viral video. According to the profile info, the user is a resident of Dubai.

Conclusion: We found in our investigation that the claim is false. This video is not of Diwali celebration but old video of New Year celebration in Taiwan.

  • Claim Review : This building is in Taipei, Taiwan, with 101 floors, lit during Diwali
  • Claimed By : Gautam Allahbadia
  • Fact Check : False
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