Oct 20, 2008

Wedding rice

Wedding rice, originally uploaded by flubberwinkle.

One of the popular customs at Greek weddings is to throw rice. The word rice is rizi, which is also the root word for "rizono" and it means "to grow roots". When Greek wedding goers throw rice at the newlyweds they are wishing them a deep rooted and stable life together.

My friend's niece (who was the bride) -similar to my wedding wishes 20 years ago-, had asked that rice throwing be limited and if possibly avoided. Greeks are natural born teasers so the wedding audience enjoyed watching the brother of the bride and other close relatives shower the couple with several bags of rice after they had officially been pronounced husband and wife.