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This is a list of the largest historic peaceful gatherings of people in one place for a single event. For brevity, only gatherings in excess of 1 million are recorded.

Over ten million

1. Kumbh Mela

Kumbh MelaAn estimated 30 million people visited the Maha Kumbh Mela in India, on 10 February 2013 and an estimated 100 million are expected to visit the place during the festival spread over 55 days.[1] According to estimates, around 70 million people participated in the 45-day Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayag in 2007.[2] The Purna Kumbh Mela held in 2001 in Prayag was estimated to have attracted between 30 and 70 million people.

 

2 . Shrine of Imam Hussein

Shrine of Imam HusseinAn estimated 17 to 20 million people visited the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2013, an estimated 25 million people were there over a spread of a few days. An estimated 15 to 18 million people visited the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2012. An estimated 15 million people visited the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2011. An estimated 10 to 14 million people visited the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2010. An estimated 18 to 20 million people visited the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2009.

 

3, Funeral of Annadurai

C.N.AnnaduraiAn estimated 15 million people attended the funeral of C. N. Annadurai in Tamil Nadu, India in 1969

 

Over five million

  • An estimated 5 million to 7 million people gathered for the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran in 1989.
  • An estimated 5 million people gathered in Sabarimala, India on 14 January 2007.
  • Over 5 million people attended a World Youth Day Rally in Manila, Philippines in 1995 to see Pope John Paul II.

 

Two to five million

  • Up to 5 million people came to welcome Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, Iran on his return to Iran on 1 February 1979.
  • An estimated 5 million people attended the funeral of Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser on 1 October 1970 in Cairo, Egypt.
  • An estimated 4.2 million people attended a concert given by Rod Stewart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12/31/96.
  • An estimated 4 million people attended the funeral of Umm Kulthum in Cairo, Egypt on 6 February 1975.
  • An estimated 4 million people attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 1995 in Manila, Philippines.
  • An estimated 3.16 million people made the annual Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2012 (1.4 million from Saudi and 1.75 Foreigners)
  • The Bengali gathering, called Bishwa Ijtema (World Gathering) of Tablighi Jamaat, converges followers from around the world in Tongi near Dhaka, Bangladesh and with an attendance exceeding 3 million people.
  • An estimated 3 million people gathered in London, United Kingdom on 2 June 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • An estimated 3 million people marched through Rome, Italy in opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in the largest anti-war rally in history on 15 February 2003.
  • An estimated 3 million people attended a parade in Boston, United States celebrating the Boston Red Sox's 2004 World Series victory on 30 October 2004. The victory ended an 86 year drought of World Series championships and ended the era of the famous Curse of the Bambino for the Red Sox.
  • An estimated 3 million people attended the annual feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines on January 2008.
  • An estimated 2 to 4 million people are reported to have attended the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy on 7 April 2005.
  • An estimated 2 to 3 million people gathered to rally in defense of workers rights in Rome, Italy on 23 March 2002.
  • An estimated 2 to 3 million people attended the Iglesia ni Cristo's (INC) Grand Evangelical Mission at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila,Philippines.
  • An estimated 2.8 million people made the annual Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia (excluding unregistered pilgrims which were over 0.75 million, the number of pilgrims would then be over 3.5 million) in November 2010.
  • An estimated 2.7 million people attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2000 in Rome, Italy.
  • An estimated 2.5 million people participated in Art of Living Silver Jubilee Celebration at Bangalore, India
  • An estimated 2.5 million people participated in a beatification mass held by Pope John Paul II in Błonia Park, Kraków, Poland.
  • An estimated 2.5 million people participated in the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade that took place in June 2006 in'São Paulo, Brazil.
  • An estimated 2 million people gathered in Philadelphia, USA for the Stanley cup parade for the 1974 Stanley Cup Champions, the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • An estimated 2 million people are reported to have gathered in Madrid, Spain for a parade celebrating the success of the Spain national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • An estimated 2 million Hindu women gathered at the Attukal Temple in Kerala, India on 4 March 2007, making it the largest gathering of women in history, overtaking the record set by the same festival on February 23, 1997.
  • On 25 May 2010, an estimated 2 million people gathered at the 9 de Julio avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to attend several concerts and street art parades celebrating the Bicentennial of the May Revolution.
  • The funeral of Bal Thackeray: 2 million, and a 7 km long cortege.
  • An estimated over 2 million people marched against Monsanto on 25 March 2013 in over 400 cities in 54 Countries worldwide against Monsantos push to force genetically modified farming and trying to drive out the entire organic food industry and patenting of biological life, formerly from 1900's to 80's Monsanto was a chemical company responsible for such critical lifesaving anti-malarial mosquito-killing chemicals as DDT, PCB and Agent Orange, and now is the largest GMO biotechnology company to genetically modify Food Crops. There was a Complete Media Blackout (except for mass media, corporate media, the internet, cell phones, social media, printed media and all other media) in nearly all countries including Australia England and USA that this protest even took place.

 

One to two million

  • Security officials estimated that 1.8 million people attended the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on 20 January 2009. Other estimates vary significantly, ranging as low as 750,000 people.
  • The second largest Tabligh Jamaat gathering takes place in Raiwind, Pakistan which is attended by approximately 1.5 million people. Since 2011 Pakistan divided the Ijtema into two parts and total 1 million People attend the Ijtema.
  • An estimated more than 1 million attended the funeral of Italian Communist Party leader Enrico Berlinguer on 13 June 1984 in Rome
  • An estimated 1.0 million gathered in London, England for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011.
  • An estimated 1 million people gathered in The Mall outside Buckingham Palace in London for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II on 4 June 2002.
  • An estimated 1.2 million people attended the Yoido rally of Sun Myung Moon in Yoido, South Korea in 1975
  • An estimated 1.5 million people attended the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, PA 2 July 2005.
  • An estimated 1.2 million to 1.5 million people attended the "Telangana Maha Garjana", at Warangal in Andhra Pradesh on 16 December 2010 to demand the formation of Telangana as an Independent Statehood.
  • An estimated 1.25 million people attended a Papal mass given by Pope John Paul II in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland on 29 September 1979. The estimated attendance was about one third of the population of Ireland gathered in one expansive public area.
  • An estimated 1.6 million people (30 percent of Lebanon's 4 million population) gathered in Beirut, Lebanon on 14 March 2005 to demand an end to the Syrian military presence in Lebanon. This event is known as the Cedar Revolution.
  • An estimated 1 million people participated in what is considered the largest procession in the history of New Delhi, India on 8 October 1970 in commemoration of Hans Ji Maharaj, led by his son Guru Maharaj Ji (now Prem Rawat).
  • An estimated crowd of over 1 million revelers attended Love Parade in Essen, Germany on 25 August 2007.
  • An estimated crowd of over 1 million Colombians gathered in Bogotá, Colombia on 4 February 2008 to protest against FARC.
  • On 1 March 1990, over 1 million protesters gathered at the headquarters of the UN Military Observer Group in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir to present a memorandum addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations demanding that Kashmir be given the right of self determination.
  • An estimated crowd of 750 thousand to 1.5 million people gathered in Central Park in New York City on 22 April 1990 to celebrate Earth Day.
  • An estimated one million Catholics gathered for the mass at Saint Peter's Square, to celebrate John Paul II's beatification on 1 May 2011
  • An estimated 1.4 million attended World Youth Day 2011 (16–21 August) in Madrid
  • An estimated 1.5 million people claimed the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, 11 September 2012

 

 


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