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Ever wondered why people get down on one knee to propose? This is why

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 21/7/2019 Keeva Tyrrell
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Did you ever wonder why most men – or women – get down on one knee to propose?

Well, wonder no more because we’ve delved into the random act and its traditional origins.

Whether you’ve had the pleasure of someone asking for your hand in marriage or just seen it happen in films, getting down on one knee is nearly like a rite of passage in a relationship.

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But where did the idea arise from and why did people start doing it in the first place?

So firstly, why do people kneel?

According to the Engagement Ring Bible, the tradition dates back to ‘the days of knighthood, chivalry and formal courtship’.

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‘Knights would get down on one knee in front of their lord as a display of respect, obedience, and loyalty.’

‘It was also a common occurrence in religious ceremonies, and in those days marriage and religion were intrinsically linked.

‘So when a courteous gentleman was proposing to his lady, pledging his allegiance to her and declaring his undying love for her, getting down on one knee was the natural thing to do,’ the website explained.

So ladies, men bending down on one knee actually means that they are taking an oath to be loyal and respectful. How lovely!

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Any Game of Thrones fans should be familiar with the phrase, ‘bending the knee’, which in the show means pledging their allegiance to the person they are bending to.

While it relates to rulers on the show, the meaning behind the act isn’t dissimilar to the reason people do it when proposing.

And while we’re wondering about proposal traditions, have you ever wondered why you wear your engagement and wedding ring on the third finger of your left hand?

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According to Engagement Ring Bible, ‘The ancient Egyptians believed that the vein running through this finger leads directly to your heart.’

That finger hasn’t always been reserved solely for engagement and wedding rings though.

The Egyptians and other ancient civilisations wore those rings to ‘symbolise their commitment to another person, be it a business partnership, love, or even slavery.’

Who knew?

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