A Wedding for Monkeys in India

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A Wedding for Monkeys in India
Sat 08-11-2014

More than 200 villagers in northern India have attended an elaborate Hindu wedding ceremony for two monkeys.

The wedding was organised by the owner of the monkeys, who said the male was "like an adopted son" to him.

The ceremony took place on Monday evening in Bettiah district in Bihar state, with the "bride" dressed in an orange frock and the "groom" wearing a yellow T-shirt.

Monkeys are revered idols in Hindu mythology.

Udesh Mahto, a daily wage worker who has three sons, said Ramu was "like my eldest son".

"I wanted to marry him off first," he told BBC Hindi.

Wedding cards were printed and a band was hired to play at the wedding. Guests were served a feast.

Many people from neighbouring villages turned up to see the procession and take pictures which they posted on social networking sites.

In 2008, some 3,000 people turned up for a similar "wedding" of two monkeys in eastern Orissa state.

The two monkeys, who were kept in chains, were released by their owners after the marriage.