Last Sunday, twenty-one couples from western India were married or engaged in a mass ceremony held to protect the girls from prostitution. Many women in the Saraniya community end up being sold into the sex trade by their families because of tradition and the allure of easy money. However, the activists who organized the wedding believe that marriage or engagement removes the girls from such work. Thus freeing them or preventing their entry into a life of veritable slavery. Couples as young as twelve were engaged, while the older participants tied the knot.
You can read more about the ceremony and Saraniya people here.
My hubby and I were just married in India. We were subjected to photos before, during, and after the super-long ceremony. When we got the proofs, I was a bit surprised to find this extra dude in several of our mushy poses! The photographer later assured us he would just Photoshop his assistant out of the final prints. Ah, India..
The village of Takhatpur, India held a frog wedding in hopes of bringing rain. Frogs are thought to be able to sense when it will rain and thus have special powers in ending droughts that plague the region.
Unfortunately, the frogs turned into princes and were therefore completely useless to the village.