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This is a list of the largest historic peaceful gatherings of people in one place for a single event.

Over 10 million[edit]

Event Date Participants Location Country Ref.
Kumbh Mela 10 February 2013 30 million (est.) Allahabad  India [1]
Arba'een Pilgrimage 2016 20 – 30 million (est.) Karbala  Iraq [2][3]
Arba'een Pilgrimage 2015 27 million (est.) Karbala  Iraq [4]
Arba'een Pilgrimage 2014 20 million Karbala  Iraq [5][6]
Kumbh Mela 30 January 2001 20 million (est.) Allahabad  India [7]
Arba'een Pilgrimage January 2013 15–18 million (est.) Karbala  Iraq [8][9]
Arba'een Pilgrimage January 2012 15 million (est.) Karbala  Iraq [10][11]
Arba'een Pilgrimage January 2011 15 million (est.) Karbala  Iraq [12]
Funeral of C. N. Annadurai February 1969 15 million (est.) Tamil Nadu  India [13]
Martyrdom processions of Musa al-Kadhim 2016 12 million (est.) Kadhimiya, Baghdad  Iraq [14][15]
Martyrdom processions of Musa al-Kadhim 2015 12 million (est.) Kadhimiya, Baghdad  Iraq [16]
Funeral of Ruhollah Khomeini 11 June 1989 10.2 million (est.) Tehran  Iran [17]
Arba'een Pilgrimage January 2010 10 million (est.) Karbala  Iraq [18][19][20]
Arba'een Pilgrimage 2009 10–14 million Karbala  Iraq [21]

Five million to ten million[edit]

Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series victory parade and rally attracted over 5 million people

Two to five million[edit]

4 million pilgrims visit Imam Ali Shrine in Iraq on the anniversary martyrdom of the first Shia Imam on 28 June 2016.[35]
More than 2 million Muslims gather for the important ritual as part of Hajj 2016[36]
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.[37]
Over 2 million people attended the parade and rally celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks winning the 2013 Stanley Cup finals

One to two million[edit]

Over 1 million Shia Muslims on the anniversary of Muhammad 's death at Imam Reza shrine mashhad Iran on 10 December 2015.[91]
Over 1 million pilgrims visit the Al-Askari Shrine, 15 November 2016 .[92]

Methodology[edit]

A method of determining how many people are at an event is the scientific analysis of photographs, video images, or both. Based on the quality of the image, it is possible to do a physical head count or to estimate attendance based on the density of people within similar areas. This permits the estimation of people over large areas or where parts of the image are obscured. An extensive discussion of how images were used to estimate the number of attendees at the Million Man March can be found at the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University's website.[134]

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