Indian villagers hold frog wedding
Villagers in India have held a frog wedding in the hope of bringing rain.
priests chanted scriptures for the frog groom, named Punarvasu and his amphibian bride Pushala, were joined in holy Hindu matrimony by villagers hoping the ancient custom will bring monsoon rains to their drought-stricken district.
Organizer Nandkumar Pawar says thousands of people gathered in a massive tent in Patkhal village for the lavish wedding banquet.
He said that the frogs were decorated with flowers and smeared with turmeric, a holy and auspicious ointment. A brass band played Bollywood film songs while the priests blessed the frogs.
The region in Maharashtra state is 250 miles southeast of Mumbai, India's financial capital.
Frog weddings are practiced in some parts of India and other areas of South Asia.