Why do men get down on one knee when proposing?

  • Men getting down on bended knees to ask their woman for marriage has been a usual gesture we are so accustomed to
  • A report said the reason behind it can be traced back to the medieval times
  • Proposing on one bended knee, reports say, is a sign of respect and not just to add drama to the proposal

We’ve seen all sorts of proposal gimmicks online, or even witnessing it first hand, or perhaps at one time been at the receiving end of it, and it will always end with only one gesture — when the man gets down on one knee while asking the question.

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But have you ever wondered why men go down on bended knee when proposing for marriage?

Maybe it’s a tradition or for more drama or it’s just convenient since the man would be in level with his girl’s hand, right? Well, a website called The Engagement Ring Bible, explained it; stating that getting on one knee while asking someone’s hand for marriage “dates back to the days of knighthood, chivalry and formal courtship.”

The report explained that “knights would get down on one knee in front of their lord as a display of respect, obedience, and loyalty.” During the medieval times and beyond, the website said, the gesture was commonly observed in rituals and rites on marriage or religion.

“So when a courteous gentlemen 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 report said.

A report from the Reader’s Digest said it can be linked to religion, where “worshippers kneel in prayer to express their devoted service and everlasting respect for their God.”

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“So when your beloved takes a knee and whips out that ring, they’re not only hoping you’ll say ‘yes’, they’re telling you you’re worthy of honor, respect, and love that lasts an eternity,” the report said.

Now that’s a great explanation.