Thursday is Traditions Info Day – Post #5

Jun 4, 2009   //   by Lora   //   Carried across the Threshold, Wedding Customs and Traditions, Wedding Rings  //  No Comments
Another week has flown by, and it’s Thursday… so here are explanations to a couple more wedding traditions….

Why is the bride carried across the threshold?
During the days of “Marriage by Capture,” the bride was certainly not going to go peacefully into the bridegroom’s abode, thus, she was dragged or carried across the threshold (poor dear… kicking and screaming, I’m sure!!). In even earlier times, it was believed that family demons followed the woman and to keep her family demons from going into the groom’s home, she was carried across the threshold upon her entering for the first time. After that, the demons could not enter as she would come in and go out of the home (hummm, is this another word for “mother-in-law”?) Generations ago it was considered lady-like for the new bride to be, or appear to be, hesitant to “give herself” to her new husband, whether or not she truly was. At the threshold to the bridal chamber, the husband would often have to carry the bride over to encourage her to go in (“as if”!)

Note: since I grabbed this photo off a public website, and I have no idea who this cute couple is… I thought it best to reduce the size so as to conceal some of their identity!!

Why is the wedding ring worn on the third finger of the left hand?
In ancient times, it was believed there was a vein in the third finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart. Thus, the ring being placed on that finger, denoted the strong connection of a heartfelt love and commitment to one another. In some European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand before marriage, and is moved to the right hand during the ceremony. However, in most European countries the ring is still worn on the brides’ left hand. A Greek Orthodox bride wears her ring on her left hand before marriage, and moves it to her right hand after the ceremony.

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