Traditional Rice Throwing – Italian Style

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Guests pelt the bride & groom with rice as they leave the church in Asiago Italy.

Did you know throwing rice at a bride and groom after their wedding ceremony is perfectly acceptable with the birds? Yes, if birds could talk, they would tell you they will not be harmed by this long standing tradition…that is, unless they fly in the direct path of the flying rice.

Pictured here is the joyous pelting of a bride & groom after their ceremony in Asiago, Italy. I couldn’t help but laugh as I took these photos…between the happy shouting and what must have been at least 100 bags of riso (Italian for rice), this 15-20 minute event was one of the highlights of this particular Italy trip…yes! the B&G had rice thrown at them for THAT long!

If you want to read more about the myth that surfaced regarding rice being harmful for birds, check out the link on Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp

Echos of the Dance…

 

Echos of the Dance - ┬ęGeorgia P ZumwaltRecently, I have been studying the great photographic works of David Hockney. Mr Hockney created amazing works of art with multiple photographs of just one scene. What you see here is my attempt to create a similar style of art. Resting on this old trunk, this old Hohner accordion holds untold memories of music that must have brought joy to many. Was it played at a wedding? Did it sing the sounds of beloved old anthems from someone’s home country? We will never know. I found this beautiful piece sitting by itself in an antique store a while ago. It’s a circa 1930’s instrument…and it was begging to be revived. I hope the echos of the dances that made people smile breathe through the bellows of this accordion very soon.