- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
My FI and I were brought up in Russia, and that would make us (traditionally) Russian Orthodox. We are not very religious people. I don’t follow the fasts, or go to church. He does some fasting in the spring time. I always respected that and even encouraged that. In the past when he asked if I would fast with him, I said I would, but not for religious reasons, but for spiritual, and to better my health.
Traditionally, or parents, our grandparents, and all of the Russian Orthodox people for that matter, wear Wedding rings on their Right hands. It`s hard to explain why, but I will try, for those of you interested in learning a bit about this culture.
Russian Orthodox is pronounced “Pravo-slavnost”. The word “Pravo” literally means “right”. And although it doesn’t literally imply the word “right” as in direction, or “right” hand, traditionally all of the wedding related symbolism is on the right hand.
I wear my engagement ring on my Left hand. Not because I’m against, or don’t support Russian Orthodoxism, but simply because I am not at all a religious person, but rather more spiritual.
I found out today that when we exchange wedding rings, my FI would wear it on his Right hand. I am completely supportive of that, and would never make him wear a ring on his left hand if he didn’t want to.
My question is, how do you look at a couple who wear wedding rings on different hands (me on the Left, he on the Right)? Does it even matter? Is there any kind of wrong symbolism in that? Should I consider wearing my ring on my right hand to respect him (although he would never pressure or even suggest that I do that)?
What do you think?
Makes me wonder of all of these different religions…. Why can’t there just be one 🙂