I am curious to this tradition

tradition - wedding tradition
@youless (94408)
Guangzhou, China
March 7, 2013 7:42pm CST
When I watch TV, I learn that in some countries there is a tradition in the wedding ceremony. That is the guests will throw the rice to the new married couples. This is a very interesting tradition. I am curious what does it mean?
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
8 Mar 13
fertility... these days they discourage rice preferring bird seed or confetti
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@AmbiePam (50283)
• United States
8 Mar 13
Yeah, the weddings I've been to in the last 12 years or so have all been bird seed.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
I don't know it is replaced by bird seed
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
We still pratice in here for prosperous marriage while building a family. In rich families I don't know if they still believe in this traditions. Another tradition here is putting paper bills on married couple while dancing.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
8 Mar 13
The "Money Dance" wasn't around when I grew up, but I've heard about since... probably because I didn't grow up around a lot of poor people. They either tuck money in the bride's dress as she dances with her husband or they hand her money and dance a bit with her.
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
I witnessed most weddings that I attended to specially in a very traditional way and in some provinces they do pin paper bills on couples while dancing.
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• United States
8 Mar 13
Something similar is here, it's called the dollar dance, where men and woman would line up and dance with the bride and groom for $1.00. I got in the men's line and danced with my daughter
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• United States
8 Mar 13
The throwing of rice symbolizes fertility. It is a western tradition to throw rice to wish the couple Many children. But since many couples Are not going to have babies , these days flower pedals are thrown or the guest blow bubbles.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Mar 13
It is very romantic to throw flower pedals.
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• United States
9 Mar 13
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@Mavic123456 (15224)
• Thailand
8 Mar 13
I will not answer this anymore for I am sure many Filipinos will respond to this. I will just tell you about for Thai They don't throw rice to married couples, they give them money... as in money
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
Here it is also normal to give money to the new married couples as the gifts.
@Mavic123456 (15224)
• Thailand
8 Mar 13
Thai Wedding - This is the fifth art of the Thai Wedding. First is the groom's parent's blessings, done in his house. second is the parade to the bride's house. third the obstacle the groom has to pass before meeting the bride. 4th is the meeting of bride and blessings from the bride's blessings. fifth the presentation of offers from the groom. The groom gives these huge amount of money and jewelry to the bride. Then 6th is exchange of vows. 7th the blessings of both parents and 8th monks' blessings.
huge amount? LOL This is the fifth art of the Thai Wedding. First is the groom's parent's blessings, done in his house. second is the parade to the bride's house. third the obstacle the groom has to pass before meeting the bride. 4th is the meeting of bride and blessings from the bride's blessings. fifth the presentation of offers from the groom. The groom gives these huge amount of money and jewelry to the bride. Then 6th is exchange of vows. 7th the blessings of both parents and 8th monks' blessings.
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 13
I know some countries they do through rice, here in the UK, they throw confetti, which is just tiny coloured pieces of paper. But the custom of throwing rice is intended to give newlyweds good luck, and the rice is supposed to represent fertility and abundance.
@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Mar 13
It seems we will also throw the confetti here, too.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
11 Mar 13
The throwing of rice to a newly wedded couple means wishing prosperity with the union. It is wishing the couple good luck and abundance of wealth.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Mar 13
Every culture has different ways of wishes.
@ErikaD (21)
• United States
11 Mar 13
I believe it was a symbol for plentiful crops back in the olden days, but now we blow bubbles :)
@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Mar 13
It is a nice change.
@anuraa32 (2452)
• India
9 Mar 13
Rice is a sign of prosperity in our culture. And when there is a marraige ceremony, the girl and the boy stand on two sides of a big cloth held by two family members which acts like a curtain. Certain hymns are sung during which at regular intervals we throw a little bit of rice on the bride and bridegroom, as it is supposed to carry our blessings and good wishes to them.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Mar 13
I learned more about this tradition now.
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
8 Mar 13
Throwing of rice is a very old tradition that goes with reap what you sow. It symbolizes fertility, luck and abundance in the union. Our local churches have gone to blowing bubbles since rice is no longer allowed. Many of the churches said the birds were getting bad and making a mess on the sidewalks, buildings and cars. I have to say I like the bubbles better. Makes for some wonderful pictures a couple exiting the church surrounded by them.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Mar 13
Blowing bubbles is a nice change.
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
8 Mar 13
Hello youless...I've always heard it was sort of a food blessing...like may the newly married couple have abundant food..Glad to see you
@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
Good blessing? What a nice wish
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@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
I guess in some provinces and rural areas it is still practiced. I guess in cities here they don't use it anymore.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
I am curious why there is such a custom.
@AmbiePam (50283)
• United States
8 Mar 13
In America, they have recommended for years to change the throwing of rice to the throwing of bird seed. Because the birds would evidently choke on the rice. For years you would just wrap up some rice in a nice, little, pretty bag. Then as the married couple ran out of the church or other wedding venue, they threw rice at the couple. These days more people do the same thing, only substitute bird seed for the rice.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
This is a good change. I learned something new now.
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@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
8 Mar 13
Oh, where is there that wedding? i guess it maybe the way to wish a husband and his wife live together forever.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
Rice can bring the new couples good luck?
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
8 Mar 13
I think as time goes on tradition like 40 years ago have changed. Marriage is not required, career, and when you are ready, not forcing you into things.
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@youless (94408)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Mar 13
But i still see it in the movie today.