Jumping the Broom

 

Jumping the Broom


Jumping the broom is a phrase and custom relating to wedding ceremonies in different cultural traditions: "many diverse cultures, those of Africa − Europe including Scotland, Hungary, United Kingdom, especialy those in Whales – include brooms at wedding rituals."


There is an ongoing debate as to the exact origin or origins.

But more commonly here in America it has been an African - American tradition which is  growing and regaining popularity today


Jumping the Broom - is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, either at the ceremony or at the reception, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically "sweeping away" their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as wife and husband.  In most cases, the Jumping the Broom takes place at the end of the ceremony.


At the wedding ceremony:

At the end of the ceremony, after the officiate presents the couple as husband and wife, an attendant or special person chosen by the bride and groom places the broom across the aisle.  The couple holds hands and jumps over the broom as they walk back down the aisle together.


At the Reception: the guest gather around in a circle around the couple 

Someone first explains the symbolism of the broom- the joining of the couple, the combining of two families, the need for the community to support the couple, and the honoring of a rich cultural heritage.  Meanwhile the couple may hold the broom handle together and sweep around in a circle.

The groom places the broom on the floor.

Everyone counts, "1, 2, 3... Jump!"

While holding hands, the couple jumps over the broom.

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