Friday, June 20, 2008

The Orphanage and Wedding Ring Facts

Last night, I went and see Orfanato, El (translate: The Orphanage) [2007]. It was really enjoyable! (Yup! Even though some parts of the movie did an excellent job in scaring the sh*t out of me!)

One small thing kept me a little distracted though; i.e. the wife and the husband are wearing their wedding ring on the right hand. It got me very curious!

I've only recently learned that wedding ring is worn on the base of the ring finger on the left hand. Why is that so?
Wikipedia says...
"In Western cultures a wedding ring is traditionally worn on the ring finger. This developed from the Roman "annulus pronubis" when the man gave a ring to the woman at the betrothal ceremony. According to tradition in some countries (derived from Roman belief), the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because the vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the vena amoris was believed to be directly connected to the heart, a symbol of love."
-- Taken from Ring Finger Wikipedia Page.

So - why did they wear it on a different hand altogether in the movie??

Well - here's the story...
"As with most cultures, the wedding rings are a significant part of the ceremony as well as a symbol of the union between the bride and groom. Although some people may be accustomed to wearing wedding rings on the ring finger of the left hand, Spanish wedding traditions are different. The bride and groom wear wedding rings on the right hand."
-- Taken from The Traditions of a Spanish Wedding - Associated Content.

Apparently, being more observant and curious means that I get to learn something new (fairly often).

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