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Couple Rings in Turkey

What it means and how to wear it

The engagement ring is worn on either hand. It isn't an accepted practice in any country. In Turkey where engagement is celebrated with a party has been a tradition for a long time and is extremely important to the couple and their families, the ring is worn on the left finger, like in Germany. We show what an engagement signifies in Turkey and the role that the ring plays, and how it is worn. Continue reading: Marriage proposal in Turkey, and Wedding in Turkey.

A significant event

In Germany, the engagement is a romantic event that only takes place between two individuals. It is not celebrated with family and friends. However, in Turkey it's a different story. In the country on the Bosporus the proposal for marriage has a long tradition and is a subject of numerous celebrations and rituals. There is nothing wrong with a modern-day marriage vow in Turkey in the present day, where the bride and groom are able to have a private ceremony. However, once the marriage proposal has been accepted, the traditional celebrations will begin. This usually includes an elegant proposal ring although some religious couples do without this piece of jewelry. There are always exceptions and couples who stick to a traditional approach or who have a different viewpoint.

Not without the parents.

Asking your partner if she wants to get married and putting the engagement ring on her finger? That is not enough in Turkey. Rather, a truly "complete" marriage proposal also includes a meeting with the bride's parents in which the groom-to-be requests the parents of his loved one for her hand in marriage together with his parents - who are already aware of the wedding date. If this is done in a traditional manner, even the groom's father will take the responsibility.

The small-scale engagement party

The engagement rings are exchanged if both families are in agreement regarding the marriage. However, this only happens with couples who do not strictly follow the Islamic faith: In this instance the bride is not really the groom's wife until the marriage, but still a kind of stranger who is not wearing the ring. In contrast, as is typically the case for us, only the woman wears a proposal ring for example a beautiful solitaire ring. After the exchange of the ring, the celebrations could begin. Family members are frequently invited to attend the visit to parents and the smaller celebration of the engagement that follows and the reception is held together with grandparents or aunts and uncles if the engagement ring has been put on the bride's hand (or both partners') in Turkey.

The big engagement celebration

It's time to go big and not small. Up 200 guests is not uncommon for the Turkish engagement celebration. In Turkey, too, people like to stick to the traditional ways of life. What color is the bride-to-be's dress? Who pays for the dress? Who pays for the engagement party? During this celebration, the proposal rings are exchanged in the presence of all guests. If both spouses have a proposal ring, the rings later used as wedding bands are often used. This is the reason why people often dig deeper into their pockets when purchasing engagement rings. There are no additional costs for wedding rings. After the "official" part is done the partying commences - usually extravagantly late into the evening.

The significance of the engagement ring as well as of the ring itself in Turkey

In contrast to Germany and the USA and many other westernized countries the engagement ring is a symbol of a different meaning in Turkey. While for us, it's an expression of love and solidarity each other without any significance for religion however, in the Muslim country, it has a strong connection to the religion. Based on the degree of devotion a couple has and how the Koran is considered by the responsible imam A couple should not only choose to forgo rings for the proposal, but even wedding rings. This religious practice is rooted in the belief that when a ring is displayed in plain sight it is a way to emulate members of non-Muslim faith. If a woman believes that the ring that was presented to her for a proposal was given to her by her husband, she can wear it and show it with no hesitation.

The left hand

The question "On which hand will you wear your engagement ring?" The answer is simple In the event that the Turkish couple decides to wear a band for their proposal, it will be worn on the left ring finger, exactly like in Germany. After the wedding ceremony, it can be placed on the right ring finger to be worn with the wedding ring.

No gold for religious men

If an engagement is arranged in Turkey in Turkey, if the engagement rings are also used as wedding rings, they are typically made of jewelry which is not made of gold. Men who belong to the Muslim religion are not permitted to wear gold jewelry because the precious metal is often associated with luxury and should be avoided. The majority of couples, if they are religious, at the very least, opt for rings made of platinum or silver. It is debatable whether platinum isn't a greater level of luxury. If the lady only wears the ring, then it can be made from gold in any alloy she wishes to use. Women are permitted to wear jewelry of any kind and they do so often.

Beautiful custom

In Turkey the proposal ring is usually purchased by the groom's parents. This is because the promise of a secret marriage between two individuals cannot be created and the interpretation of the religion must permit rings to be worn. If you choose to wear rings on both hands, a gorgeous ribbon will be used to connect the two rings. This ribbon will be cut during the engagement party. This is after the exchange of rings after both couples have rings on their fingers. The rings for the proposal become a symbol of love and symbolize the intimate bond between man and woman and their mental seal by the parents and the other guests and relatives invited to the party.

In Conclusion - the engagement ring in Turkey

Although not worn by every couple or even every bride-to-be it is still a tradition in Turkey. Although it is often rejected by strict Muslims but it is a crucial element in the engagement celebrations of many couples. Wedding rings are often used as engagement rings, and therefore are more expensive. While religious men are generally not allowed to wear gold jewelry however, women are able to embellish themselves with gold as they please. After marriage the ring is worn on both hands. It can be worn on the left ring-finger when the bride wants.


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