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Described on wikipedia

from that link:

After visiting the Kumbh Mela of 1895, Mark Twain wrote:

It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love, or it is done in fear; I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond imagination, marvelous to our kind of people, the cold whites

Official website with more pics and videos.

An important part of the festival involves bathing in the ganges.

Also in NY TImes.

Sometimes, I feel like we are so sheltered in the West.  We don't even know the most important things that are happening elsewhere.  Except, sometimes, a war or disaster.

There is also Chinese New Year, as important as Xmas.  DIfferent post.

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