I wear my wedding ring on my left ring finger, the one next to my pinkie. Why? Because the vein of love (vena amoris) coming straight from the heart runs right through this finger. When I was engaged, I wore my engagement ring on this finger too, and now that I am married, I wear them both on this finger. The wedding ring goes in first followed by the engagement ring. It follows this order because this way, the wedding ring (symbolizing the marriage) is closer to my heart (yes, I have a reason for everything I do š ). Because of the love these rings symbolize, I find it hard to understand why some people choose NOT to wear their wedding rings. Somebody told me before that she didn’t wear hers because her husband doesn’t wear his too! *rolls eyes* Do they NOT know the meaning these rings carry?
Well anyway, a few weeks ago, I received a rather interesting email on why the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger. Check this out:
Why should the wedding ring be worn on the fourth finger?
There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese Legend…
Thumb represents your Parents
Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings
Middle finger represents your-Self
Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner
& the Last (Little) finger represents your children
Firstly, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together – back to back
Secondly, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb – tip to tip
(As shown in the figure below):
Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)…, they will open, because your parents are not destined
to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.
Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)…., they will also open,
because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.
Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)…., they will open too,
because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.
Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse).
You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT….., because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives –
through thick and thin!!