Ancient Customs – Rice is Revered Around the World

The Chinese word for rice is the same as the word for food.  In Thailand when you call your family to a meal you say, “eat rice”.  The Japanese word for cooked rice is the same as the word for meal.

We’ve all experienced a wedding where a handful of rice is thrown upon newlyweds for good luck. This ancient ritual of throwing rice originally symbolized fertility and the blessing of many children – today it symbolizes prosperity and abundance.

Rice is the first food a new Indian bride offers her husband, often during the wedding itself and, perhaps instead of wedding cake. In India, it is also the first food offered to a newborn. Indians say that the grains of rice should be like two brothers – close, but not stuck together.

In Japan, there is an almost mystical aura surrounding the planting, harvesting and preparation of rice. It is believed that soaking rice before cooking releases the life energy of the rice and gives the eater a more peaceful soul. To persuade Japanese children to eat all of their rice, the grains are warmly called little Buddhas.

In China, young girls with fussy appetites are warned that every grain of rice they leave in their rice bowls will represent a mark on the face of their future husband. A typical Chinese greeting instead of “How are you?” is “Have you had your rice today?” One is expected to always reply, “Yes” to this greeting.

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