Q:

Why is rice thrown at weddings?

A:

Quick Answer

Rice is thrown at weddings as it is considered to be a seed symbolic of life and prosperity. It was traditionally thought that throwing rice would help increase the fertility of the married couple to ensure that they had children.

Know More
Why is rice thrown at weddings?
Credit: Fuse N/A Getty Images

Full Answer

Many venues do not allow rice to be thrown at a wedding because it becomes slippery when it is wet and may cause accidents. Popular alternatives include flower petals, leaves or even sunflower seeds. Wedding guests in France throw wheat and people in Italy throw candy to symbolize sweetness between a wedding couple. Some couples prefer that guests do not throw anything that will make a mess outside and ask that guests blow bubbles at them instead.

Learn more about Cultures & Traditions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What do you do for a thrown out back?

    A:

    Treat a thrown out back by resting, applying ice and/or heat packs and using analgesics, according to Spine-Health. Certain exercises and chiropractic adjustments may also be helpful.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When do you have a baby shower?

    A:

    Traditionally, a baby shower is thrown in the beginning of the third trimester of the pregnancy. Planning for a baby shower should take into consideration when the mother-to-be is free, as well as any relatives or guests that may attend.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What does it mean when Mercury is in retrograde?

    A:

    Though the idea of the planet Mercury being retrograde is a common term discussed by believers in astrology, this concept is based on an observable astronomical phenomenon in which Mercury's orbit appears to get thrown into reverse. In actuality, the planet is still moving forward on its orbit path, but is doing so more slowly relative to the movement of the earth, making the first planet from the sun appear to move backward. In astrological terms, Mercury is seen as a messenger planet, and its backward movement is seen as interfering with all types of communication, from the technological to the interpersonal.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the speed of the fastest baseball pitch ever thrown?

    A:

    The fastest baseball pitch ever recorded was thrown by Cincinnati Reds left hander Aroldis Chapman on Sept. 24, 2010, and was 105.1 mph. Chapman’s heater topped the mark of 104.8 mph set by Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2006.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore