Connecting people to create a family is a matter of great importance, an event accompanied by many symbolic actions and objects. Wedding rings are one of the main symbols. In our country, they are traditionally worn on the ring finger on the right hand. But it is not difficult to notice that not all people in the world wear them in the same place as we do. Does this difference play a role and do you need to adhere to strict rules (in relation to rings) when going to the registry office?
The main thing that does not raise questions and it immediately becomes clear that the wedding ceremony is entirely a tradition rooted in the history of our society and its culture.
Why is the ring finger? And why is the right hand?
Historical research has told us some facts about marriage, that even in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome, the ring finger occupied a special place among the inhabitants of these countries. It was believed that a certain vein passes through it, directly connecting this finger to the heart. It was called the “vein of love”. The presence of the ring on this finger indicated that the client was busy. The Romans considered the left hand "unsuccessful", so they were one of the first to ring the ring finger on the right hand.
The Indians generally called the left hand "unclean", so all their rings were worn on the right hand. Today, they do not require strict adherence to this requirement when choosing where to put the ring on.
Examples in different traditions
In some wedding traditions of the countries of the world, for example: Europe, Germany or Holland, young people who have not yet married wear wedding rings on their left hand, and after marriage they “change clothes” on their right, thereby confirming their change in status. The same tradition is characteristic of the inhabitants of Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and distant Brazil.
For newlyweds of Jewish origin, at the ceremony, the grooms put on their narrowed gold ring on their right hand, and on the index finger, considering it the most important. After the wedding, it is allowed to change the ring from the index to the unnamed one. But in Sri Lanka, for example, the bride and groom wear rings on opposite hands (she is on the left, and the groom is on the right).
Interestingly, until the 18th century, almost all countries preferred to wear wedding rings on their right hand. And this privilege applied only to the female sex. The male population of the planet to a large extent did not wear wedding rings at all. They entered the "men's everyday life" only during the Second World War - as a reminder to soldiers about home and family.
Wearing on the left hand is a fairly young tradition. In some articles of the century before last, this change is explained, allegedly, by a sign of a woman's deference to her husband.
We are also well aware of the tradition of “changing hands” at the death of one of the members of a married couple. In almost all of the Muslim world, there is no exchange of rings at a wedding. With the exception, there may be several countries: Iran (where the left ring finger is preferred) and Jordan (where the right hand is preferred). Modern interpretations of wedding ceremonies depart from ancient foundations and conventions. Today, the choice of hand depends on personal preference and convenience, remaining a symbol of loyalty and love.