The Cubs’ Victory Celebration Was the 7th Largest Gathering in Human History

The Chicago Cubs’ victory celebration on Friday was more than a century in the making, so it’s no surprise that it was huge.  But this huge?

There were around 5 million people there, making it the 7th largest gathering in human history.

File this under “Stats I never knew anyone kept.”  Here are the 10 Largest Gatherings in Human History:

1.  The Kumbh Mela pilgrimage, India, 2013:  30 million.  (This is a Hindu pilgrimage where people bathe in a sacred river.)

2.  Arbaeen festival, Iraq, 2014:  17 million.  (A religious gathering marking the end of a holiday that marks the death of Muhammad’s grandson.)

3.  Funeral of CN Annadurai, India, 1969:  15 million.  (Annadurai was a politician.)

4.  Funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran, 1989:  10 million

5.  Papal gathering in the Philippines, 2015:  6 million

6.  World Youth Day, Philippines, 1995:  5 million

7. Chicago Cubs World Series celebration:  5 million

8.  Funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser, 1970:  5 million  (He was the second president of Egypt.)

9.  A Rod Stewart concert, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1994:  3.5 million

10.  Hajj pilgrimage, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2012:  3 million

As you may have also noticed, the Cubs’ celebration was the largest gathering in U.S. history.  It’s also the largest non-religious gathering ever, although Cubs fans might argue about the “non-religious” part.

 

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