21 photos of people around the world cheering from their balconies

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People from all around the world have found community and hope on their balconies. Manish Swarup/AP Photo/Nacho Doce/REUTERS/Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo/Jon Nazca/REUTERS
  • While a majority of the world remains under some form of lockdown, balconies have become a place of community.
  • People have taken to their balconies every night to thank the individuals on the front line of the pandemic.
  • From Madrid to New York City, applause can be heard across cities thanking medical staff for their hard work.
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In these unprecedented times, balconies have become a place of community.

They have sparked love. They have hosted concerts and dance performances.

But balconies have also become the epicentre of hope and thankfulness.

Across the world, people have taken to their balconies every night to thank the medical workers on the front line of the pandemic.

Here are photographs of family, friends, and individuals cheering from their balconies and windows.


Dancing, cheering, and singing can be heard and seen from balconies across California, US.

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One woman gathers fun knickknacks to shake outside her home.

A single medical worker joins in on the applause in Madrid, Spain.

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Wearing a mask, a person claps and cheers on their fellow staff at the Fundacion Jimenez Diaz Hospital in Spain.

A family rings bells, hits pots and pans, and cheers together from a balcony in New Delhi, India.

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India is under the world’s largest lockdown, as residents are required to stay home until May 3.

Source: NPR


With over 170,000 cases in Spain, balconies have become a place of hope.

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Women stand on a balcony, in the old city, in Pamplona, northern Spain.

Source: Johns Hopkins University


People swing their legs outside of a balcony in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Germany has been hit hard by the coronavirus.

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium, has also picked up the trend.

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A woman cheers from her balcony.

India’s 1.3 billion people were ordered to stay home, so many found comfort from their balconies and windows.

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Her sign reads, “Nobody should come out on the roads” in Hindi.

Women lean out of their home in Rome, Italy, to cheer.

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Called “flash mobs,” Italians have used their balconies to sing, dance, and cheer during the pandemic.

New Yorkers cheer and clap from their balconies every day at 7 p.m.

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New York City is the epicentre of the virus in the US.

The sun has set in Modiin, Israel, when people step out onto their balconies to cheer for medical staff.

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A balcony in Modiin, Israel.

A little boy in Barcelona, Spain, cheers from his family’s balcony.

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His sign says “thanks.”

In another city in Spain, medical workers thank the community for their support.

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A hospital in Madrid, Spain.

Retirement homes have launched pep rallies for its residents in California, US.

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Swinging an American flag, a woman cheers from her window.

People light candles in New Delhi, India, to represent hope in the fight against the coronavirus.

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On April 5, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the country to turn out their lights for nine minutes at 9 p.m. to “mark the fight of coronavirus.”

Source: Reuters


During the 21-day lockdown in Johannesburg, South Africa, residents wave and cheer to each other.

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Leaning out of their balconies, South Africans wave and cheer.

A family in Madrid, Spain, cheers, claps, and plays the ukulele to celebrate medical workers.

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Instruments are another popular way people are spreading joy and hope.

A family squeezes onto their balcony in Brussels, Belgium.

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Cheers in Belgium can be heard every night.

A woman claps in Milan, Italy.

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Italy has started to ease on lockdowns.

Source: NBC


Cheers in Malaga, Spain, were coordinated through social media.

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The city was put on a 15-day state emergency.

In Mumbai, India, people clap, cheer, and bang pans together for medical workers.

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Mumbai, one of the world’s most dense cities, is in a race to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A bird’s-eye view shows a man cheering in Pamplona, Spain.

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People in cities across Spain are cheering from their balconies.