India: millions of pilgrims at the Kumba Mela – Last Hour festival

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(ANSA) – NEW DELHI, JAN 14 – Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are reaching the city of Haridwar, in Uttarakand, in northern India, where today, along the banks of the River Ganges, the celebrations of Kumba Mela, the most attended Hindu ceremony. The authorities predict that 800,000 people will immerse themselves in the waters, deemed sacred, of the river today. The mass gathering, which will last seven weeks, ending on April 27, was authorized by the government in spite of concerns about the Covid pandemic: in this period it is expected that several million faithful will arrive in Haridwar.

The Kumba Mela is recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site: the latest edition, in 2019, in the city of Prayagraj, the former Allahabad, saw the participation of 55 million faithful.

As the central government is launching the most massive vaccination campaign in the country’s history, which will start on Saturday, to immunize from Covid, pilgrims camped along the banks of the sacred river, proti for ritual diving, tell reporters that they are not worried about the contagion. “Maa Ganga, the Mother Ganges, will help us and preserve us”. (HANDLE).

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