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According to Jaime Zarate, the historian of San Pedro Huamelula, the wedding is held so that the communities can feel a connection to the ground and ask for rain in order to have a healthy harvest.

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The internet has seen people marry dogs, but now a mayor of a small town in southern Mexico has shocked social media followers by getting married to a female crocodile. According to accounts, the mayor, Victor Hugo Sosa, got married to the reptile as part of a centuries-old ceremony meant to bring good harvest and harmony between the Indigenous Chontal and Huave communities.

The caiman, an aquatic creature that resembles an alligator and is located in Mexico and Central America, could be seen in the video that is making the rounds on the internet.

In the viral video, Sosa can be heard saying during the ritual that he accepts responsibility because they love each other. That is what matters. Without love, a marriage cannot exist he is consented to get married to the royal girl, he added.

Approximately around 230 years ago, a male and female caiman have been got hitched in the town to commemorate the day when two Indigenous tribes formally proclaimed their peace through matrimony.

Folklore claims that a Chontal King got married a princess girl from the Huave Indigenous tribe, who is now symbolized by the female alligator. According to Jaime Zarate, the historian of San Pedro Huamelula, the wedding is held so that the communities can feel a connection to the ground and ask for rain in order to have a healthy harvest.

According to tradition, disputes were resolved when a Chontal king, represented in modern times by the mayor, get married a princess girl of the Huave Indigenous group, symbolised by the female alligator.

Near this inland village, in the state of Oaxaca, reside the Huave.

In order to link with what is the emblem of Mother Earth, asking the all-powerful for rain, the germination of the seed, and all those things that are peace and harmony for the Chontal man, as Jaime Zarate, chronicler of San Pedro Huamelula, puts it, the parties can link with what is the symbol of Mother Earth at the wedding.

The female alligator is taken to nearby homes for dancing before the wedding ceremony. The ‘bride’ is covered in wedding clothing, with its mouth sealed for security. Following the nuptials, the mayor dances with the bride and kisses the alligator on the snout.

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IPL 2024: Hardik Pandya returns after 4-month injury layoff

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test.

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The captain of the Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya, is leading the Reliance 1 team in the DY Patil T20 tournament, marking his eagerly anticipated comeback to cricket. Since sustaining an ankle injury during India’s ICC Cricket World Cup group stage match against Bangladesh in October of last year, Pandya has not participated in any international cricket matches for the team India.

Pandya was not present for the home series of five T20 internationals against Australia, nor for the three ODI and three T20I matches that made up the journey to South Africa. In Pandya’s absence, top-ranked T20I batsman Suryakumar Yadav donned the role of captain.

Hardik Pandya returned to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru last week, where he participated in match simulations as part of a fitness test. He started training for the DY Patil T20 Cup in preparation of the IPL 2024 after passing the fitness tests.

Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Pandya was moved from the Gujarat Titans (GT) to the Mumbai Indians (MI) in November last year. Former MI captain Rohit Sharma, who has won five IPL trophies for the team, has been replaced by Hardik Pandya in the 2024 season of the famous league.

With players like Tilak Verma, Nehal Wadhera, Akash Madhwal, and Piyush Chawla, Pandya is in charge of a superstar-studded lineup. With Pandya leading the team, these players will play for MI.

However, Rohit Sharma will be captaining the team in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in the USA and the West Indies in June, with the intention of putting an end to India’s ICC trophy drought.

Meanwhile, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah earlier announced that Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue in the ICC T20 World Cup. He also voiced hope that Team India will emerge victorious in the T20 cricket tournament and break their ten-year trophy drought under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, says he was a beacon of Indian music

Singer Pankaj Udhas passed away today at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai, due to prolonged illness.

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Legendary Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passed away at the age of 72 on Monday. The singer was suffering with age-related health issues. His daughter Nayaab Udhas confirmed the news of his death on social media.

Taking to social media, his family issued an official statement saying, with a very heavy heart, they inform the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the veteran singer as he posted a special note for Pankaj Udhas. Recalling him, the PM said, he was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations. His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled, the PM added.

Udhas, who gained recognition as a playback singer in Hindi films such as Naam, Saajan, and Mohra, passed away at the Breach Candy hospital at around 11 am today, as per a source close to the family .

On knowing about the sudden demise of Pankaj Udhas, his fans and many Bollywood celebrities paid their tribute to the veteran singer through different social media handle.

Taking to Instagram, singer Sonu Nigam posted his picture and said, he lost his one of the most important part of his childhood today. Sonu also said he will miss him forever and knowing that he is no more his heart cries out. Concluding his post he thanked Pankaj Udhas for being there.

Shankar Mahadevan said he is shocked by this news as it is a terrible loss to music industry.

Singer Anup Jalota took to X, to express his grief. He shareda post and said, music legend and his friend passed away. Jalota also said, he extends his heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Meanwhile, Pankaj Udhas was from a well-known Gujarati music family. He was the youngest of the three brothers and was born in Jetpur, Gujarat. Manhar Udhas, his older brother, was also a playback singer in the film industry. He started his carrer by learning tabla before moving on to study Hindustani vocal classical music under Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab. After that, he received training at the renowned Gwalior Gharana.

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India beat England by 5 wickets, secure 17th straight Test series win at home

Rohit Sharma-led team India defeated England in the fourth Test match of the series to clinch the 5-match series.

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England was unable to save a five-match series against India, after falling short by five wickets in the fourth Test match in Ranchi today. India’s commanding 3-1 series lead proved to be enough to seal the Test series defeat for Ben Stokes’ team.

India, dubbed the “final frontier” of bazball, proved to be a tough Test for the Brendon McCullum team, who faced harsh criticism for their batting strategy during this series. India won the 17th consecutive Test series, maintaining their winning streak in home Tests. In the red-ball version of the game, the squad increased their record for the most consecutive series victories at home.

The last test series which India lost agains England was in 2012 when Alastair Cook captained the English team. India has won every home match they have played since losing the series by 2-1. India hasn’t even drawn a Test series since their defeat by England in 2012.

India’s start to the current series had not been good. After losing the opening game in Hyderabad, Rohit Sharma’s squad reamined unbeatable even without a number of key players for the next 3-matches. The Indian squad proved to be very resilient, winning three straight games in Ranchi, Rajkot, and Vizag.

On the tricky Ranchi track, England won a vital toss and chose to bat first. With the help of an incredible century from Joe Root, they scored 353 runs in the opening half. India scored 307 runs in their first innings of replying. Jaiswal put up a spectacular 73, but Jurel was the real standout for India, scoring a solid 90 and creating important alliances with Kuldeep and Akash Deep to cut into England’s lead.

Meanwhile, the most impressive bowler was Shoaib Bashir, who took his first five wicket haul despite giving up 119 runs in 44 overs.

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