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Why Wedding Rings Are Worn On The Left Hand And Other Cultural Traditions

JAMES   |   09-Aug 2018   |   418

Wearing Engagement Ring in the left hand now becoming the most popular tradition. According to the ancient tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left-hand ring finger because of ancient people thought and believes that there is a vein in the finger which is known as ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ is directly connected to the heart. But scientists prove this reason wrong.

By wearing the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other and the ring is their bond between each other's hearts. This ring indicates the unconditional love for each other. Some people wear the engagement ring on the right-hand finger and some wear it in the index finger, this all depends upon the religion and region.

Have you ever asked why most of the couple wear engagement and Wedding Rings on the Third Finger of the left hand? Everyone is curious to know the reason behind this. So, let's find the answer. In western culture, the bride wears the engagement ring in the third finger of the left hand has been embedded in the tradition now.

Let us find the reasons behind this question depending upon different traditions- In Jewish tradition, the wedding ring or engagement ring is historically the plain ring, and the bride wears the ring in the index finger. The reason behind wearing the ring in the index finger that she will be able to show off that ring easily.

- In Muslim culture, an engagement ring is not the part of the ceremony. However, in modern weddings, some couple use to follow the tradition and wear the engagement ring either in the left hand or in the right hand.

- Many European countries such as Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Austria, and Poland Wear the Wedding Ring in the right hand. 

- In Germany and Netherland, wedding rings are worn on the right hand and the engagement ring worn on the left hand.

These are the aspects which show a change in cultural status.

The engagement ring is also known as a Promise Ring. The actual "promises" of a promise ring takes many different values. We can say it means 'Commitment'.

 A commitment of engaged till marriage. This promise ring plays an important role in both the bride and groom life.

The continuously exchanging of the rings has a valuable significance, which is only for the two persons who are going to be one after the marriage.

In many countries when the ring is worn in the left hand, after the death of the spouse many people put it in the right-hand finger. This symbolizes the unbreakable bond with the spouse.

So, Wearing an Engagement Ring Either in the Left Hand or in the right-hand does not specify the exact meaning. It all depends on the individual's thinking, tradition, region.

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