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Why Do We Throw Rice at Weddings?

PopSugar logo PopSugar 08-04-2017 Macy Williams
Why Do You Throw Rice at Weddings? © StockSnap / Tom Pumford Why Do You Throw Rice at Weddings?

Have you ever wondered about the meaning behind tossing rice at a wedding? When you really think about it, it's a somewhat odd and specific tradition that has become normalized over the years. The practice dates back to ancient Rome when guests wanted to wish newlyweds good luck. At that time, rice was a symbol of fertility and wealth, so tossing it on the big day actually made a lot of sense. It was a way for friends and family to wish for healthy crops, financial stability, and lots of children.


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It's incredible that all these centuries later, we are still keeping the tradition alive. Of course, nowadays couples opt for alternatives to rice like confetti, glitter, or flowers. No matter what's being thrown, the sentiment is still the same. It's all about hoping for a loving, positive future.

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