Rice Customs & Traditions
The harvesting of our stories are rooted in rituals and oral tradition. Many Asian cultures revere rice as a special link between the land (and/or the deities) and people. It is used in countless ceremonies and festivals to greet, attract blessings, bring prosperity and promote fertility.
Rice is said to be the first food offered by an Indian bride to her husband in lieu of a wedding cake, the latter being customary in many Western countries.
In China, young girls are told that each grain of rice they leave in their bowls will be the mark they should expect to find on the face of their future husbands.
In Japan and in the Philippines, there is a ritual-like process which surrounds the production and preparation of rice from seed selection to land preparation, water and nutrient management, harvesting and post-harvest to cite a few. One Japanese belief is that soaking rice before cooking gives the person who eats it a more peaceful soul as the life energy of the rice is released in the process.
A New Year’s ReunionBy Li-Qiong, Yu
Illustrated by Cheng-Liang, Zhu
Ang Alamat ng Palay (The Legend of Rice)By Virgilio S. : Almario
Illustrated by Conrad A. Raquel
Bamboo Hats and a Rice CakeBy Tompert, Anne
Illustrated by Demi
Duan wu jie: zong mi piao xiang ai pu chang (Dragon Boat Festival)By Wang Zaozao
Illustrated by Kou Lan
Maung Khin Buries His TreasureBy Stilwell, Alice
Nana’s Rice PieBy Knowlton, Laurie
Illustrated by Joyce Haynes
RopainBy Baral, Janardan
Illustrated by Suman Maharjan
The Legend of Square Rice Cake and Round Rice CakeBy Ha, Hong
Illustrated by Ta Thuc Binh
The Seven Gods of LuckBy Kudler, David
Illustrated by Finch, Linda
The Story of ChopsticksBy Compestine, Ying Chang
Illustrated by YongSheng Xuan
The Story of NoodlesBy Compestine, Ying Chang
Illustrated by Xuan, Yongsheng
The Tet Pole: The Story of the Tet FestivalBy Quoc, Tran
Illustrated by Nguyen Bich
The Tomtes’ Christmas PorridgeBy Sven Nordqvist
Tigers, Frogs and Rice Cakes: A Book of Korean ProverbsBy Holt, Daniel D.
Illustrated by Stickler, Soma Han
不是圆的，不是方的 (Not Square, Not Round)By Zheng Chunhua
Illustrated by Chen Shu