List of largest peaceful gatherings in history

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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]

Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. An estimated 10.2 million people gathered for the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran in 1989.[1]
  • An estimated 20 million people gathered for the Hindu festival of Kumbh Mela (Allahabad) on 30 January 2001 in Prayag. This is the largest peaceful gathering in history.[2]
  • An estimated 15 million people attended the funeral of C. N. Annadurai, an Indian politician, in Tamil Nadu, India in 1969.[3]
  • An estimated 10.2 million people gathered for the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader of Iran, in Tehran in 1989. This was around one sixth of the population at the time, and the largest percentage of a country's population to attend a funeral.[1]

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.[18]
More than 2 million Muslims gather for the important ritual as part of Hajj 2016[19]
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.[20]
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.[74]
Over 1 million pilgrims visit the Al-Askari Shrine, 15 November 2016 .[75]

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.[115]

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