The most frequently popped up questions in the mind of groom-to-be, bride-to be, lovers and teenagers are "Why ring on the ring finger?" or "What is the significance of wearing ring on the ring finger?". Many excerpts from the past state that there is a very sensitive vein of blood, called vena amoris, which connects ring finger to the heart, which is the symbol of love. Because of this belief the particular finger is used for the engagement or wedding ring and hence the name "ring finger" has been given to it.
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There are four fingers in human hand namely index finger (also called forefinger and pointer finger), the middle finger, the ring finger, and the ear finger (or the little finger). The ring finger is called so because the wedding ring is worn on this particular finger. Ring finger is believed to be very auspicious and pure because it is located in the middle of little finger and the middle finger.
On the other hand, it is also believed that ring finger is also known as the medical finger, the reason being the same i.e. the blood vessel or vein that goes to the heart from this particular finger. In this context, the great writer and philosopher, Macrobius stated that thumb constitute that part of palm which always remains apart from other fingers whereas forefinger and little finger are not fully protected, the middle finger is too disgracing to be given such a honor. Therefore the only finger left is the wedding finger. Different countries have different traditions of wearing the wedding ring, details of few of which is given below :
- In some European countries the ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand before marriage and is transferred to the ring finger of the right hand during the wedding.
- In some countries like Russia, Denmark, Austria etc. the wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand.
- In Jewish weddings, the ring is worn on the bride's index finger and is transferred to the ring finger after the ceremony.
- In India, right hand is considered as very auspicious. So wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of right hand. But just to match western culture some people wear the ring on the ring finger of the left hand.