The dark times might have engulfed us for months but nothing like acknowledging the sacrifices of the many who stood in the frontline to combat COVID-19 in the face and to honour these coronavirus warriors, the Kolkata Port Trust took the initiative to light up the Howrah Bridge or the Rabindra Setu on UNESCO’s International Day of Light. The spectacular lights and a sound show tried its best to disperse the darkness of the pandemic gloom. Also Read - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Counting on Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford to Boost Manchester United's Season Run on Premier League Return

The anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser, 60 years ago, by American physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman is celebrated on May 16 each year as the International Day of Light. Calling to strengthen scientific cooperation and harness its potential to foster peace and sustainable development, UNESCO’s International Day of Light celebrates the role of light in science, culture and art, education and in fields as diverse as medicine and communications. Also Read - Richa Chadha Opens up on Wedding Preparations With Ali Fazal, Says 'Will Take Call Only When Normalcy Returns'



In lieu of the same, the Kolkata Port Trust initiated the thank you gesture that illuminated the Howrah Bridge with the use of advanced technologies and LED luminaries that had pre-programmed digital light control algorithms. The 77-year-old iconic structure often features with similar light and sound shows on special occasions and festivals, organised by the Kolkata Port Trust which is entrusted with this responsibility. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Coronavirus Under CM Thackeray's Leadership': Maharashtra Minister Raut Slams Centre, BJP | Watch



Last month, five of the most visited monuments in Delhi lit up with diyas and candles to mark the World Heritage Day and also to show solidarity with the corona warriors of the country. The monuments illuminated in a special manner included the Red Fort, the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Qila and Safdarjung’s Tomb even though they are illuminated daily. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had then marked a special lighting of diyas and candles, different from there regular light up.