Rain is fundamental to our lives; we need it for our survival. Rain is the product of a never-ending water cycle. Before people were aware of the science, various myths were used to explain rain and try to find ways to bring it when needed. Rain symbolizes a range of things, both good and bad. Rain also is the source of many sayings. But, it doesn\u2019t rain every day in England!\n\n\n\nRain Myths\n\n\n\nWe now know that rain falls as part of a water cycle. A process of evaporation, cooling, condensation (making liquid), and eventually rainfall takes place. Science! \n\n\n\nFrom ancient times, there were also many myths to explain natural events, including rain. \n\n\n\nThe flood story in the Bible involving Noah and his ark, including rain for forty days and forty nights, was one of many such tales told in the Middle East. \n\n\n\nThe leader of the gods in both Greek (Zeus) and Roman (Jupiter) mythology, for example, were associated with thunder. In China, it was often believed dragons controlled the weather. One dragon in particular, named Yinglong, or Responding Dragon, was associated with water and rain.\n\n\n\nRain Dances \n\n\n\nIf the gods or special powerful beings controlled the weather, perhaps, there was also a way to encourage them to provide rain. The flood in the Bible came because mankind sinned against God. Other times, prayer was used to request the divines supply rain in a nicer way. \n\n\n\nAncient Romans had a ceremony to petition Jupiter to supply rain known as aquaelicium (Latin: "calling the waters"). It involved a whole ceremony, water being poured over a stone, and so on.\n\n\n\nDancing also is a common tool in religious rituals, including those used to request the divines or nature to supply rain. We usually associate this with certain Native American tribes, but people in places like China and Africa also have their own rain dances. \n\n\n\n"Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning"\n\n\n\nThis is an old saying. How old is it? Well, it was already familiar in Jesus\u2019 time. \n\n\n\nJesus used a lot of farming related metaphors in his teaching, knowing his audience. He once is quoted as noting: \u201cWhen in the evening, you say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering.\u201d \n\n\n\nWHAT DOES FROZEN RAIN AKA SNOW SYMBOLIZE? FIND OUT HERE.\n\n\n\nWhat does it mean? Is it accurate? Well, it turns out to have to do with rain. \n\n\n\nAs one summary notes: \u201cWeather lore concerning the appearance of the sky, the conditions of the atmosphere, the type or movement of the clouds, and the direction of the winds may have a scientific basis and likely can predict the weather.\u201d \n\n\n\nA red sky at night suggests the sky is loaded with dust and moisture particles, and for reasons you can read about there, this does tend to mean good weather will follow. On the other hand, a red sky in the morning tends to mean rain is coming. Sailors don\u2019t like to be out in the rain! \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nRaining Cats and Dogs \n\n\n\nThere is a lot of rain-related sayings. Many of them are pretty easy to understand. \n\n\n\nA \u201crainout\u201d is when an event (like a baseball game) was canceled because of rain. A \u201crain date\u201d would be the day used to replace the original time due to inclement weather. \n\n\n\nAnd, \u201ckeeping for a rainy day\u201d means to have it available, in case you need it. After all, who wants to have to go out in the rain? Rain here symbolizes an unexpected problem, such as saving money in case of a possible car accident. \n\n\n\nWhat does \u201craining cats and dogs\u201d mean? The origin is not totally clear. It seems to come from the Greek expression \u201ccata doxa\u201d which means contrary to normal belief. Hence, when it\u2019s raining unbelievably hard it\u2019s raining cats and dogs. \n\n\n\nSome suggest it means that when it rains, cats and dogs fall off roofs or something. Cats? Maybe. Dogs? Nah. \n\n\n\nYet another more likely explanation related to use of \u201ccats and dogs\u201d as meaning two groups that are fiercely opposed to each other. \u201cRaining cats and dogs\u201d would mean \u201ca very hard, nasty rain.\u201d \n\n\n\nNow, if you believe the Weather Girls it's not raining cats and dogs -- It's Raining Men! That's a hit song from the eighties for all you Gen Z readers.\n\n\n\nLots of Symbolism \n\n\n\nRain is used symbolically in many ways. \n\n\n\nWe can see this by how often it is used as a dramatic device on television shows, including when our heroes and heroines are going through a tough time. This was used repeatedly on the show Friends, including when Ross was upset that it was a nice day out while he was so unhappy. \n\n\n\nRain can symbolize many things. It can represent unhappiness, rebirth, foreboding, determination, the breaking of a drought, and a pause for introspection. \n\n\n\nRain is unpleasant, dreary, and causes many difficulties if you have to be outside. This makes it a suitable metaphor for being upset and depressed. \n\n\n\nBut, rain is also a symbol of determination, of being able to push through the hard times. Hard times? Yes. But, it won\u2019t break me! Rain in the background, while you look outside a window, also might be a good time to think things through. What else can you do? It\u2019s raining outside! \n\n\n\nRain can also be a warning. Rain can mean the bridge is out or a threat of flooding. Rain can symbolize something bad will happen, foreshadowing the future. \n\n\n\nBut, I told you there was a lot, it can be a sign something good will happen too. Rain is necessary to grow things. It washes away dirt. It is refreshing. Think of the scene in Shawshank Redemption after Andy escaped from prison, being cleansed by the rain. \n\n\n\nRain, therefore, can mean a breakthrough happened. This is especially the case when a story involves people suffering from a drought. Rain can be a miraculous event. Time to celebrate. \n\n\n\nAnd, rain is often a time for celebration. There is even a musical called Singing In the Rain. \n\n\n\nIt Doesn\u2019t Rain All the Time In England \n\n\n\nRoss was in fact upset about his British wife. And, England is stereotypically often symbolized as a country with dreary weather with a lot of rain. This is a tad exaggerated.\n\n\n\nRain can be a symbol for various locations where it rains a lot, including England. \n\n\n\nConclusion \n\n\n\nRain symbolizes a lot of things. This is a result of its importance in our lives as well as it having both positive and negative implications. Like fire, rain can be a blessing or a curse. \u201cBaby the rain must fall!\u201d Let\u2019s make the best of it, including keeping some symbolism for a rainy day.