Radio Free never takes money from corporate interests, which ensures our publications are in the interest of people, not profits. Radio Free provides free and open-source tools and resources for anyone to use to help better inform their communities. Learn more and get involved at radiofree.org

The festival of Holi recently concluded and Zee News posted a 50-second video that shows colourful fireworks in broad daylight. The outlet shared the video on its website, Twitter and Facebook.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Vindo Bansal shared the video and wrote, “Unique and beautiful video of holi”. It gained close to 10,000 views. Maya Suresh Chavhanke, director of Sudarshan News, shared Bansal’s video.

Twitter user @Sanjayjourno posted a longer version of the video and claimed that the event took place in Delhi.

Lucknow-based Facebook user Atul Kumar shared the video on multiple pro-BJP Facebook pages and groups.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Old video from Saudi Arabia

Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan, Saudi Ambassador to the United Nations had tweeted the same video in 2018. He wrote that the video was shot at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran.

The longer video begins with a wide shot that shows a building in the background.

The collage below compares the building with an image of King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture on Google Maps. As evident, the building is the same.

We found another video of fireworks from the same location. This was uploaded in 2019.

A video that dates back to at least 2018 and shows a fireworks show in Saudi Arabia, was shared in India on the occasion of holi.

Citations

[1]https://archive.is/NfZ53[2] Striking colors Holi and Deepawali can be celebrated in one stroke mpsn | धमाकेदार रंगः एक झटके में ऐसे मनाई जा सकती है होली और दीपावली..!! | Zee News Hindi ➤ https://zeenews.india.com/hindi/india/madhya-pradesh-chhattisgarh/video/striking-colors-holi-and-deepawali-can-be-celebrated-in-one-stroke-mpsn/875152[3] Zee MP-Chhattisgarh on Twitter: "एक झटके में ऐसे मनाई जा सकती है होली और दीपावली..!! #Holi #holi2021 https://t.co/jHgRMyVWHE" ➤ https://twitter.com/ZeeMPCG/status/1376799788130181120?s=19[4]https://www.facebook.com/153511791508194/posts/1692649480927743[5] Maya Suresh Chavhanke on Twitter: "आतिशबाजी से होली के रंगों का सबसे अच्छा वीडियो https://t.co/RAAOXSehbl" ➤ https://twitter.com/MayaChavhanke/status/1376622141832003584?s=20[6] विनोद बंसल Vinod Bansal on Twitter: "होली का अनुपम व मनोहारी वीडियो... अवश्य देखें...… " ➤ https://t.co/9aqFeJWX2L[7] विनोद बंसल Vinod Bansal on Twitter: "होली का अनुपम व मनोहारी वीडियो... अवश्य देखें...… " ➤ https://twitter.com/vinod_bansal/status/1376558522607935490?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[8] إثراء (@Ithra) | Twitter ➤ https://twitter.com/Ithra?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[9] عبدالله بن خالد on Twitter: "Beautiful daytime fireworks show at @Ithra in Dhahran… " ➤ https://t.co/paf8Y92wTb[10] عبدالله بن خالد on Twitter: "Beautiful daytime fireworks show at @Ithra in Dhahran… " ➤ https://twitter.com/AbdullahKhaledS/status/1056526119644659712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[11] #اليوم_الوطني89_للسعوديه hashtag on Twitter ➤ https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85_%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%88%D8%B7%D9%86%D9%8A89_%D9%84%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%87?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw[12] محمد القاضي on Twitter: "الألعاب النارية من مركز الملك عبدالعزيز للثقافة العالمية😍💚 Fireworks from King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture😍💚 #اليوم_الوطني89_للسعوديه… https://t.co/toKBA5nub7" ➤ https://t.co/obeQM4z62t[13] محمد القاضي on Twitter: "الألعاب النارية من مركز الملك عبدالعزيز للثقافة العالمية😍💚 Fireworks from King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture😍💚 #اليوم_الوطني89_للسعوديه… https://t.co/toKBA5nub7" ➤ https://twitter.com/moealqadi/status/1175873508926246912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw