It would take just over an age to come up with a list of wedding traditions that are celebrated around this diverse planet. Indeed, while weddings are a uniting force amongst lovers all over the world, the diversification of culture over millennia has given rise to wonderful traditions that differ just a bit to ours back home.
In the Phillippines, skies are adorned with flittering doves to mark the marriage of newlyweds and a life of long-lasting harmony.
Grooms in Korea, meanwhile, bestow their future mother-in-laws with a handful of geese and ducks. These monogamous animals are symbols of the groom’s loyalty and dedication towards his wife.
And if you are fortunate enough to experience a wedding in India, expect to see the bride’s sister steal the groom’s shoes upon entering the wedding tent.
Arguably the most recognised wedding tradition, however, has to be the wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand.
There have been several theories put forward to explain the significance and symbolism of this widespread ritual. Just one of them involves magical powers said to have originated in that particular finger.
Before the advancement in medical knowledge, it was traditionally believed that a single artery ran from the heart to the wedding finger. This artery would come to be known as Vena amoris – vein of love. This has long been declared incorrect, however, owing to similar vein structures in the hand.
The story of the wedding ring has deep, cultural roots that go back centuries. Take a look at this wonderful infographic by Wedding in Croatia that has kept us guessing.