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Why Wedding Rings Are Worn on the 4th Finger of the Left Hand

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I'm sure it would be dumb to ask: What finger does the wedding ring go on? Without giving a second thought, everyone, even a kid, would be able to give a definite answer because it is pretty common for most people, particularly in Nigeria, to place their wedding ring on the 4th finger of the left hand, also known as the ring finger. But why is the wedding ring worn on the "ring finger" in the first place? And do brides and grooms have to?


But before the question above can be answered, one needs to look at the history and meaning of the ring finger. 


The tradition and the symbol that the ring finger signifies date back to ancient times. And according to history, it is believed that the vein in the 4th finger of the left hand is connected directly to the heart. So by placing the wedding ring on the 4th finger of the left hand, the couple's heart would be connected by their rings.

So in other words, wedding rings are worn on the 4th Finger of the Left hand to signify the romance that the newly wedded couple shared, essentially connecting their two hearts and also solidify the supposed union founded in love.

However, to answer the second question on whether brides and grooms should have their wedding ring on the 4th finger of the left hand or not, I would say it should be a matter of choice considering the history of the ring finger. What do you think?

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