You a Whiz? Take a Quiz on the Cultural Relevance of Rice

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    Question

    One of the oldest wedding traditions is the custom of throwing rice. In which cultures did it originate?

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  • Answer

    Ancient Hindus and Chinese.

    Why?

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    Hindu God of Wisdom

  • Answer

    In these cultures, rice is the symbol of fruitfulness and prosperity. Tossing it after the ceremony was believed to bestow fertility upon the bride and groom. Eating rice and other grains was thought to guarantee health, wealth and happiness for the newlyweds. Today, rice tossing is being replaced by the more ecologically friendly birdseed tossing, because uncooked rice is damaging to birds that eat it off the ground.

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  • how are you?
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    In China, what’s the customary way of saying: “How are you?”

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    “Have you had your rice today?”

    A greeting to which one is expected to always reply, “Yes.”

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    ricetoday

  • Question

    What does Honda mean?

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  • Answer

    “Main rice field.”

    What does Toyota mean?

    “Bountiful rice field.”

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    trusted growing

  • Louis Armstrong
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    What was one of Louis Armstrong’s letter sign offs?

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    “Red Beans and Ricely Yours…”

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    trumpet

  • Question

    What is the only continent where rice is not grown?

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  • Antarctica.

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    antarctica

Did you know?
  • In India, it is said the grains of rice should be like two brothers: close but not stuck together.
  • 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.’
  • Rice is the first food a new Indian bride offers her husband, perhaps instead of wedding cake; it is also the first food offered to a newborn.
  • There are thousands of rice varieties. At the International Rice Research Institute Genetic Resources Centre in the Philippines there are 127,000 types of rice that include modern, traditional and wild varieties.