with this ring … I thee wed

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Liza Mae V.

What is the purpose of a wedding ring? Why do we wear it on the left hand on the 4th finger, also known as the ring finger?

with this ring ... I thee wed

“In some countries, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand. This choice of finger relates to traditions purportedly dating to classical times, from an early usage reportedly referring to the fourth finger of the left hand as containing the vena amoris or “vein of love”[5]. At least in part due to this tradition, it became the norm to wear the wedding ring on this finger. By wearing rings on the fourth finger of their left hands, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for each other. This has now become a matter of tradition and etiquette in these countries. However, the most widely accepted explanation is that because the majority of people are right-handed, wearing the ring on the left hand makes it less likely to be damaged or lost during everyday activities.” –  Wikipedia

“In other countries such as Colombia, Haiti, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain (except in Catalonia), Macedonia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Serbia, however, it is worn on the right hand.  Orthodox Christians and Eastern Europeans (except for the Romanians) also traditionally wear the wedding band on the right hand. Jewish women wear the wedding ring on the left hand, even though it is placed on the right hand during the marriage ceremony.  Men do not traditionally wear rings at all although in some of the “Modernist” movements it has begun to gain currency. In The Netherlands, Catholics wear it on the left, Protestants on the right; in Austria, Catholics wear it on the right. In Belgium, the choice of hand depends on the region of the country. Greek people, many being Orthodox Christians, also wear the wedding rings on the right hand in keeping with Greek tradition. A traditional reason to wear the wedding ring on the right hand stems from Roman custom and biblical references. The Latin word for left is “sinister”, which in addition to this sense also has the same senses as the English word. The Latin word for right is “dexter”, a word that evolved into “dexterity”. Hence, the left hand had a negative connotation and the right a good one. For the same reason, an oath is sworn while raising the right hand.

Traditionally, in some parts of India among those practicing Hinduism, a toe ring or bichiya is worn instead of a ring on a finger, although this is only for women, and increasingly worn along with a finger ring. In the eastern parts of India, primarily West Bengal, an iron bangle, or ‘loha’ is worn by women. Increasingly, this bangle is given a gold or silver coating to improve its appearance.

In Romania spouses celebrate their silver wedding anniversary (25 years of marriage) by exchanging silver wedding rings, which are worn on the 4th finger[which?] of the left hand along with the original (usually gold) wedding ring. [6]

In the United States people often remove wedding rings for comfort or safety. It is not uncommon for those who have professions that forbid the wearing of jewelry such as, actors, police officers, or electrical workers. Many times these people say they wear a “ring around their heart” not around their finger. Some will wear it on a chain around their neck, this is socially equivalent to wearing it on his/her hand.” – Wikipedia

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  1. wedding ring Says:
    wedding ring is a beautiful things to make a beautiful memory on your wedding

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