Post # 1
So I’ve been doing research on wedding traditions and two that I like most are handfasting and jumping the broom. My aunt is acting all trippy cuz she’s like well what are the origins of these rituals… and when I did the reasearch both were done as temporary and non legally recognized traditions and that jumping the broom in particular has slave origins… So i’m wondering is it a big deal where the tradition originated ( especially since I’m African American), or is it ok that I’m choosing the tradition just because of what it means?
TO me jumping the broom symbolizes sweeping away the old and welcoming the new… the two of you taking a leap of faith. And handfasting respresents a bind to the hands that are eternally comfort, love, and support you, etc… I think they are sweet. What do you bees think?
Post # 3
Most wedding traditions have weird orgins. I think jumping thr broom is awesome.
Post # 4
Jumping the broom was used by slaves because it was a marriage tradition in Africa. But jumping the broom is actually used in many countries in Europe including Scotland and Hungary. So it’s not just an African-American tradition. Some people think that because slaves used it to represent their marriages in a time when they legally could not be married the tradition is bad. But like I said, it is still practiced in European countries as well. I don’t think it is a big deal about where the tradition originated or what it used to represent. I think as long as it means something to you it’s okay.
My Fiance is African American and I am white but we’re jumping the broom because it signifies a new beginning with us as a family. We’re sweeping away our old life and starting new.
Post # 5
Jumping the broom is actually European in its origins and then was used by slaves because they were not allowed real marriages. But it has no connection to Africa at all. The handfasting is also European in its origins specifically Celtic.
Post # 6
the others are right, it was orignally used to marry slaves since they werent allowed to marry legally. Now it is commonly used among Europeans, Africans and African Americans to symbolize their freedom from slavery. They do it in honor of their ancestors. This is the actual origin and purpose, but some people now do it for the reason you are, but that is a fairly recent twist on it. The original purpose of this tradition is the celebrating of the slaves’ freedom.