ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Largest Religious Gathering in the World

Updated on April 7, 2020
doctordogood profile image

I love to write about different topics such as business ideas, culture, creative arts, history

Arbaeen; World's Biggest Pilgrimage

Arbaeen; World's Biggest Pilgrimage
Arbaeen; World's Biggest Pilgrimage | Source

1. Arba’een Pilgrimage

Not many people know much about Iran except during conflict with the United States of America and Nuclear enrichment issues. However the predominantly Muslim country are Shia Muslims. Shia Muslims are known for long matches to celebrate or commemorate special occasions.

On a particular day religious faithful’s make a grueling foot pilgrimage during Arba’een as millions gather around Husayn Shrine in Karbala. Gathering dates are 20th day of Safar an annual festival in Iraq. Participants to this religious ceremony are Shia Muslims numbering 45 million.

Shia Islam

Shia Islam beliefs involves intercessions, holy book, judgment day and prophet hood of Muhammad. Branches of Shi’I Islam are Ghulat, Twelvers, Zaydi Shia, Batini. Holy days are Eid al-Ghadir, Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Mawlid and Ashura.

Arba’een Pilgrimage

This religious ritual is held to commemorate martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Husayn ibn Ali in 680 is the third Shia Muslim imam. On the fourth day of maythadom faithful’s make the journey on foot to Karbala a place Husayn with companions were beheaded by Yazid I army in the battle of Karbala. With over 25 million pilgrims in 2016 Arba’een pilgrimage is the world’s largest annual gathering of Shia Muslims.

Bishwa Ijtema

Bishwa Ijtema
Bishwa Ijtema | Source

2. Bishwa Ijtema

The history of Bengali Tabhighi Jamaat movement is traced to 1950s notable years 60,62,65,2010,2015. Bishwa Ijtema was first organized 1954 Chittagong then 1956 Narayanganj is believed to be one of the largest peaceful religious gathering in the world.

The word loosely translated as world and peace is organized in Bangladesh. Because of the huge number of faithful’s numbering 2 million (2001) both indigenes and foreigners the government of Bangladesh, road, rail system and army asset in infrastructure.

Infrastructure usually revolves erection of tents, sanitation, movement and security of the people. Districts are involved in crowd control while the government allocate about 160 acres for the event. The event in 2019 had over 5 million attendees and the festival usually run for 3 days however on some occasions because of bad weather lasted only one day.

Makara Jyothi

Makara Jyothi
Makara Jyothi

3. Makara Jyothi (Hinduism)

Hinduism origins are found in historic Vedic religion, Indus Valley Civilization and Tribal religions in India. Main traditions are Smartism, Shakism, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. Deties include Trimurti like Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Others major Devis/Devas are Indra, Agni, Rudra, Vayu. More are Rama, Radha, Durga, Ganesha and Kali amongst others. The concept involves supreme reality, God the mind, liberation and ethics,

Choose which is the largest religious gathering

Which one is the largest religious gathering in the world

See results

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)