Lots of people

Some events took place in the world that involved large numbers of people. In China, about 200 million people traveled to be with their families to celebrate the Lunar New Year. This is considered to be the largest annual movement of humanity anywhere in the world. February 10 was the start of the Year of the Snake.

From January 14 to March 10, over 100 million people are expected to participate in the Maha Kumbh Mela, a 55-day Hindu religious festival being held in Allahabad, India. To put things in perspective, the number of people expected to participate is the same as the entire population of the United Kingdom plus Canada.  This is one of the largest gatherings in the world. The Maha Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. Can you imagine the number of bathrooms required for such a festival?  35,000 toilets have been built for the event!

It was a bit smaller in comparison, but 1.5 million people took part in one of the world’s most famous annual street festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The Rio Carnival is famous for its fancy floats, dazzling costumes, and samba dances (a Brazilian style of dance).

Did you know?

Each year in the Chinese calendar is assigned an animal name according to a repeating cycle of 12 animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.