Jumping the Broom Ceremony
Having a broom ceremony represents the joining of two families
Broom Jumping is a ritual, handed down from generation to generation to remind us of a time when our vows were not legally sanctioned. During slavery, our ancestors sought the legitimacy of marriage by jumping over the broom and into the bonds of domesticity. For our ancestors, this small ritual was a legal and bonding act connecting them with the heritage of the home land and giving legitimacy, dignity and strength to their unions. In their eyes this union was now sanctioned by "the almighty"
It is believed that broom jumping comes from an African Tribal Marriage Ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple's new home together, other say that the spray of the broom represents all of us scattered and the handle represents the almighty who holds us together.