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India observes nationwide candlelight vigil in a show of solidarity in the fight against coronavirus

Posted April 5, 2020 7:01 p.m. EDT

— People across India turned off the lights in their homes and stood on their balconies, at their open entryways and outside their homes with candles and lamps lit, or flashlight and mobile phone lights turned on, to observe a candlelight vigil on Sunday night.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the people of India to hold a nationwide candlelight vigil on Sunday at 9 p.m. local time, for nine minutes, in a show of solidarity for the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Modi said it is important for every Indian to realize that he or she isn't alone in this fight.

"We must together invoke the spirit of Bharat Mata (Mother India) and ensure that the dark clouds of the virus make way for the light hope," Modi said while addressing the nation on Friday.

Social media has lit up with images of the vigil. Photos posted online show President Ram Nath Kovind and the country's first lady with candles at the Presidential Palace. Prime Minister Modi was seen lighting a lamp at his residence.

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were just some of the people across the country posting images online as they observed the vigil.

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