Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India 0 Comments

“We headed toward the river this morning and it was chaotic to say the least. Most of the streets were closed to car traffic and packed with millions of pedestrians heading to Kumbh Mela for the last of the main bathing days. It took us an hour and a half to walk the last 1.5 km. The loud speakers were blaring, mostly with information about lost children who had become separated from their parents – easy to happen in such a mass of humanity. When we got to the river, the shoreline was packed as far as the eye could see; many already in the river while others waited their turn to immerse themselves. For Hindus, to bathe in this river cleanses the spirit and purifies the sole. While smaller Kumbh Melas occur every 3 years in 3 other locales, the next “mega Kumbh” in Allahabad won’t take place for another 12 years. After experiencing these crowds, downtown Vancouver will seem down-right quiet!” ~ Mark Angelo

About Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo, CM OBC hails from Burnaby, British Columbia and is an internationally-celebrated river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher and paddler. He is the founder and chair of both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day, an event now embraced by millions of people in more than 70 countries. Now retired from teaching, Mark was appointed as the inaugural chair of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and prior to that, was the long-time head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at BCIT. Mark has received the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada (his country’s highest honour) in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades. Among his many other awards are the inaugural United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University for his river conservation work both locally and globally. Mark has paddled close to 1000 rivers around the globe, perhaps more than any other individual.

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