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29 July 2014

I’m ready to Kermit to this relationship: Desperate villagers in Indian region hit by droughts hold wedding ceremony for frogs in bid to appease rain gods


  • The ritual took place in Dibrugarh in the north eastern Indian state of Assam
  • Villagers perform the ceremony to try and bring rainfall during dry spells
  • Ritual began by catching a male and a female frog from two different villages
  • The two frogs were dressed up and adorned with traditional colour
  • After ceremony the frogs were taken to a small pond nearby and let go
  • By Tara Brady

    Desperate villagers in an Indian region hit by droughts have held a wedding ceremony for
    frogs in a bid to appease rain gods. 

    The amphibian ritual took place in the village of Dibrugarh in the north eastern Indian state of Assam.
    Villagers perform the ceremony to try and bring rainfall during dry spells.
    Villagers perform a wedding ceremony between two frogs to pray for rain and good harvest
    Villagers perform a wedding ceremony between two frogs to pray for rain and good harvest

    Ranjan Das, one of village leaders who attended the wedding, said: 'Our region had not witnessed much rain this year so far. 
    'So we arranged the wedding of two frogs to please the rain Gods.' 
    The ritual began by catching hold of a male and a female frog from two different villages.
    'We have to make sure that the frogs have been brought from two different villages. Only then will the rain Gods accept our plea,' said Das. 
    Bizarre: Villagers who took part in a wedding ceremony of frogs in the village of Dibrugarh, India
    Bizarre: Villagers who took part in a wedding ceremony of frogs in the village of Dibrugarh, India

    Villagers said there had not been rain in the area this year so they arranged a wedding ceremony for frogs
    Villagers said there had not been rain in the area this year so they arranged a wedding ceremony for frogs

    Pukka up: The male frog during the wedding ceremony in India where there has not been any rain
    Pukka up: The male frog during the wedding ceremony in India where there has not been any rain

    The two frogs were dressed up and adorned with traditional colour. The female frog was even gifted a chain
    The two frogs were dressed up and adorned with traditional colour. The female frog was even gifted a chain

    'After that, we sit for the ritual and perform the wedding just like we do our own.'
    People from around four villages attended the bizarre marriage ceremony on Sunday, 27 June, which
    lasted six hours.

    Das said more than thousand people were present at the wedding, which was held in the local park.
    The two frogs were dressed up and adorned with traditional colour. The female frog was even gifted a
    gold chain by the villagers. 

    More than s thousand people were present at the wedding, which was held in the local park
    More than s thousand people were present at the wedding, which was held in the local park

    People from around four villages attended the bizarre marriage ceremony yesterday
    People from around four villages attended the bizarre marriage ceremony yesterday

    After the ceremony was over, the frogs were taken to a small pond nearby and let go

    After the ceremony was over, the frogs were taken to a small pond nearby and let go

    'Traditional prayers were recited by the saints who conducted the wedding. It was a joyful affair,' said attendee Paromita Gogoi.
    After the ceremony was over, the frogs were taken to a small pond nearby and let go.


    Villagers then proceeded to eat dinner, where more than 900 plates of food were served.
    'We let the frogs go, so that they can live their life and convey our message to the rain Gods,' added Gogoi

    'This ritual is performed as a last resort measure. And thanks to God, our wishes come true,' said Gogoi.
    It seems the prayers of the villagers were answered - it began raining across Dibrugarh this morning.

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