"Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May" is a poem by Robert Herrick. This poem portrays our existence on earth, and that people age as life goes on, and everything becomes boundless. Herrick here urges people to take advantage of youth and energy while they may! The poem is in the genre of carpe diem, to seize the day.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Why the wedding ring worn on the fourth finger?

I bought a book few years back called "Ever Wonder Why?" by Douglas B. Smith

(You can buy the same book from Amazon)

It basically answers so many questions that starts with the word WHY!

Why is the color blue used for boys?

Why do chefs were tall hats?

Its one iteresting book, easy to read, and informative in a way that wont make you bored...

There was this one question about wearing the ring on that specific fourth finger.. Why!?

In the book it explains that the vien runs directly from your heart down your left arm, towards that fourth finger. Wearing the ring on that finger basically symbolizes the love coming straight from (and to) the heart.

But I have received this email earlier from LayDeeLay.. and I liked the answer to it MUCH better... here goes LayDeeLay's email message:

Why should the wedding ring be worn on the fourth finger?

There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese.....

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 above)

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!!


Happy Wolf said...

when i got married for reason unknown we wore the ring on the right hand fourth finger ... and now that we have gotten fat and the ring doesnt fit anymore , its in the safe . i have seen a lot of folks wear rings and 'wander' minni minni .

BTW beautiful arti ,

shoosha said...

they can be divorced :S bas 3jeeb i look silly with my hands together. i heard that the use the fourthfinger for the wedding ring because theirs a vein that directly goes from the 4th finger to the heart :S elog myth 9a7?

Ansam said...

happy wolf-
yeah its different depending on the culture.. I have seen some wearing them on the toes

LOL that is what I explained in the beginning of the post

Wild_Mare said...

it sounds a very interesting book. well.. one more book has been added to my - Books to buy - list.

its mixture of art and philosophy..:)

lovely information and post , keep it up

The Simper said...

nice :)

O.T. said...

wala ya noosa asasan ely yetzawaj am 3enda salfa hal mara nalbes khawatim !

skunk said...

many wealthy divorce lawyers would disagree i'm sure :P

Ansam said...

O.T. what about lord of the rings? (malaqa)

Well... its a nice post! admit it!

Ansam said...


shoosha said...

loool that shows you how asta3yel when im reading :P sorry

salfa3ajeeba said...

i liked the chinese explanation it made more sense to me

thanx for the info:)

Ansam said...

3adi it happens

yeah I like it too
its interesting

Anonymous said...

lol 3ajeeeeb ;p

jan said...

True or not I love it. Interesting thought - it only works when both middle fingers are bowed low. When either one stands up on it's own - above the other - you can move that ring finger. Perhaps we are designed to stay together, but we have the choice to think we are above bowing, so pull apart.

Ansam said...

Good way to look at it! I like how you interpreted it :-)

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