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Why do Russians prefer the right hand to put on the wedding ring?

September 11, 2019 by Avi Goyal  


Generally, an engagement ring or a wedding ring/band is to be worn on the left hand’s ring finger. As per fables, the ring finger is directly connected to your heart. Therefore, it is believed that wearing the ring in ring finger keeps your love, fidelity, and feelings alive forever. However, the preferred hand for wearing an engagement ring varies from country to country. In most of the countries, it is worn on the left hand’s ring finger though. Russia is a country that is known for its fascinating culture and traditions. People in Russia prefer wearing the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the right hand. Ever wondered why the right hand? We have the answer.


Just like every other country, Russians also cherish every moment of their wedding in several ways. Some go to the church or prefer a civil ceremony to tie the knot while some of them throw after parties, invite friends and relatives, drink, and dance. So why is there the difference of choice of the hand for putting the wedding ring? It initially started from Romans as they wore wedding rings on their right hands considering the left hand unreliable and forbidding. The Orthodox Christian Church is said to borrowed this custom from them, and later on, passed it to modern-day Russia.


Countries in this world have diversified cultures. Some cultures promote wearing the wedding ring on the right hand while some go for the left. Moreover, sometimes, people have two sets of rings (one for Wedding and other for engagement) that are worn on different hands.


It is no matter of substance to decide the one hand that is appropriate for wearing a wedding band or an engagement ring. Because what is significant is the enduring love and affection that is exchanged between the married couple.