Sister Rice is an important culinary and symbolic element of the festival. The process of creating the brightly-colored rice begins when the young women gather different kinds of leaves, flowers, and grass to make dye. The rice is then placed in dyed water, soaked for one or two days, drained, and finally steamed.
Custom Dancing at the Sister Meal Festival
Young women give the Sister Rice to the young men that catch their interest and there is often a token tucked inside. The colors of the rice and the tokens are symbolic. Red rice, for example, indicates a prosperous village. When a women places cotton or garlic within the rice, she communicates that she is eager to marry or uninterested in the rice’s recipient, respectively.