Jumping the Broom

Jumping the broom is a tradition that can be traced back to the beginning of the 18th.Century and some claim that there are records of brooms (or Besoms) being used in Wales a couple of hundred years later.
Whether the tradition started in Africa with then Ashanti tribe or amongst the Romani (Gypsy) peoples in Europe is not clear.
Certainly by the 1820/30s African slaves were using it as a symbol of marriage.

Whatever the origins it is now becoming popular again especially with Afro American and pagan couples to symbolise ‘The new house’, ‘Cleaning away the bad spirits’and ‘Jumping into a new future’ – I don’t think that anyone still believes it symbolises the Wife willingness to clean the new home. – Often used at the end of the ceremony.


Here are two families celebrating together. Members of each family are using different shade of blue after the grandchildren use white to signify new beginnings..
The ways to do the ceremony are limited only by our imaginations.