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At the end of this post is a pretty cool video depicting a Chinese explanation on why the wedding ring should be worn on the 4th finger. It’s fascinating to hear how different cultures view love and partner ship.
Here’s another explanation:
“Early Christian marriages had a ritual to wear the wedding ring in the third finger. As the priest recited during the binding ,”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger; then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the ring finger, which sealed the marriage.” – source
Also note, not all cultures wear their rings on the left hand.
Russian/ Eastern Orthodox traditions, for example, wear their wedding band on the right. As those who wear it on the left do so to indicate they are divorced or windowed. In traditional Jewish culture the man does not place the ring on the bride’s 4th finger at all, instead the ring goes on her index finger.
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