(Closed) Jumping the broom-slave origins?

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Most wedding traditions have weird orgins. I think jumping thr broom is awesome. 

Post # 4
32 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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.


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