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PostSubject: Oooooooo die Donkie ...   Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:59 am

Donkey wedding staged to bring rain

Residents of India's southern city of Bangalore have married off two
donkeys, in the hope that the ancient ritual will usher in good monsoon
rains.

Though monsoons have hit southern India, Bangalore is still waiting for its
first showers and residents decided to invoke the ritual - detailed in Hindu
scriptures - after their prayers failed to deliver.

Two donkeys - the bride Ganga and the groom Varuna - tied the knot at a
temple on the city outskirts to loud cheers of about 100 guests, who
attended the ceremony.

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The happy couple - who wagged their tails, oblivious to the commotion -
were married off in a traditional Hindu ceremony, with the bride clad in a
green silk sari with gold zari.

'Praying for rain'

Great attention was also paid to ritualistic details such as the perfect
invitation card, the right wedding attire and the freshest flowers.

A traditional band entertained the guests, who sprinkled the newlyweds
with flowers.

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Only at one point did the groom get restless: when his attendant tied the
holy threads around his hind and fore legs.

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Before leaving the ceremony, everybody was hopeful it would start raining
soon.

Meanwhile, the BBC's weather forecast suggested unbroken sunshine in
Bangalore until Sunday at the earliest.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2998872.stm
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