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.