Tuesday, June 25, 2013
According to tradition in some countries the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because the vein in that finger was believed to be directly connected to the heart, a symbol of love.
However many years ago a celebrant shared with me this beautiful and convincing Chinese legend (author unknown):
- The thumb represents your parents
- Second (index) finger represents your siblings
- Middle finger represents your self
- Fourth (ring) finger represents your life partner
- And the last (little) finger represents your children
Firstly, open your palms (face to face) bend the middle fingers and hold them together – back to back.
Secondly, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb – tip to tip.
Now try to separate your thumbs (representing parents) they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.
Join your thumbs as before and separate your index fingers (representing siblings) they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.
Now join the index fingers and separate your little fingers (representing your children) they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on tier own some day.
Finally join your little fingers and try to separate your ring fingers (representing your spouse). You will be surprised to see that you cannot supposedly, according to Chinese legend, because husband and wife have to remain together all their lives – through thick and thin!