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Frogs 'marry' to bring rain to parched regions of Bangladesh

Close on the heels of Nepal, where farmers organised a wedding of frogs to please rain gods, villagers in Bangladesh performed a similar ritual to bring showers in their parched regions, reports said on Friday.

world Updated: Mar 27, 2009 18:39 IST

Close on the heels of Nepal, where farmers organised a wedding of frogs to please rain gods, villagers in Bangladesh performed a similar ritual to bring showers in their parched regions, reports said on Friday.

Over 250 men, women and children attended the ceremony, which was arranged by two villagers of the areas adjoining Maymansingh and Netrokona districts of Bangladesh.

Traditional instruments were played during the wedding, which was solemnised amidst much pomp and show.

The "bride" and "groom" came from two neighbouring villages 110 kilometres north of Dhaka, according to Bengali paper Jugantor, and the wedding was organised on March 25.

Earlier this month in Nepal, marriage of two frogs Barun (groom) and Bijuli (bride) was organised by farmers, which was attended by about 2000 people.

It was to bring rains to central Nepal, which was experiencing drought conditions for around eight months.

In Bangladesh the villagers have been yearning for rains for the past five months. Giving up their long wait, they finally decided to wed two frogs.

The guests who came to attend the ceremony, blessed the newly wed, sang and danced at the function. They also had a feast of rice, lentils, fish, beef and sweets.

After the wedding the frog couple, who were dressed in special attires, were released in a nearby pond. Villagers claimed that they had rains on Thursday night.