“I am sure many of you have seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding“, and speaking like a true Greek, I can tell you that it’s aaaaaaaall true! The huge family, the loud voices, the eating, family intervening in the kids lives, all of it, true. There was one thing though, I didn’t see in the film, and it is a major tradition that takes place in every Greek Wedding…“
Ioanna, Rhodes 2013
Rice Throwing during the dance of Isaiah
What does rice throwing really mean?
The guests who are present at a Greek wedding ceremony throw rice at the newly married couple during the dance of the Isaiah in order for them to grow old together, grow common roots as the Greeks say. Rice is a symbol of fertility and prosperity, throwing rice at a couple is seen as one way to wish them a happy and blessed life together.
In Greece, up till today, rice throwing is an integral part of the wedding ceremony. From a touching moment when the bride and groom make their first steps as a couple together, it has become a rather funny moment everyone is waiting for… The moment people wait to “get back at the new couple”, to tease them and throw a rain of rice on their heads making everyone laugh!
Would you have rice throwing at your wedding?
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Ioanna Aggelidaki is the Social Media Manager and Contributor of the Greek Weddings and Traditions Blog.
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