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Jumping the Broom Ceremony

The most widely known African-American wedding tradition is “jumping the broom”. (This takes place at the end of the ceremony when the couple is departing.) This tradition originated during the time of
slavery in the United States.  Slaves, not having rights as citizens, were denied the legal or religious rite of marriage. (Friends and family members of the bride and groom sometimes decorate the broom for them.)

In this ceremony, the couple 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 stepping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as husband and wife.

The straw end of the broom represents the brushing away of all your old cares and worries.  The strong wooden handle represents the strength of your commitment to each other, and the straight,
unconditionally committed path you will follow together in marriage.

Some say that whoever jumps the highest will be the boss of the house!  So on the count of three, let’s see who is boss!

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