Jumping the broom or in some cases jumping over an imaginary line is an African ritual, or tradition still being practiced in some parts of West Africa. Jumping the broom is NOT associated with slavery. Enslaved Africans, as an affirmation of their cultural heritage practiced it during slavery in North America. This “leap” into a new life (marriage life) as husband and wife is performed in the presence of families and friends. The broom has both symbolic and spiritual importance in the African culture. You can be as creative as you want when planning for that special day.
Brooms can be beautifully decorated to individual taste, and should be used as a wall décor after the wedding ceremony. It should always remind the couple of their new life and commitment to each other as husband and wife in line with the African culture.
You should celebrate this rich cultural heritage, irrespective of your race, religion, and nationality, the most important thing is it’s significance;
- *Honoring and respect of our ancestors, their legacy, and our rich African and African American heritage.
- * Coming together of both families, and commitment to each other as husband and wife.
- * It represents strength, love, togetherness, loyalty, and respect which is essential for a successful marriage.