Jump the broom and clear you way into the future together.
“Broom-stick weddings” were first said to be known by Romani Gypsy Tribes living in Wales in about the 1400 hundreds, then brought to England Scotland and African. The broom symbolically represents the sweeping away of the old and the welcoming of the new; the sweeping away all negative energy, making way for all things that are good to come into the couple’s lives.
In some forms, we are also said to believe that this tradition may have started in the African country of Ghana. During the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The urban areas and roads were kept very clean according to visiting British and Dutch traders with the use of locally made brooms. These same brooms were used by wives or servants to clean the courtyards of palaces or homes. The broom in some cultures also held spiritual value and symbolized sweeping away past wrongs or removing evil spirits.
In a broom jumping ceremony performed at Pine Manor by Reverend Pamela, it is told that: “Sharing a life with another person requires dedication. By taking the leap over the broom, together they make a gesture of dedication to work together through the tough times ahead, as well as the easy times. They leave behind the past and jump into the future, together. Starting a new life, a promise to care for and defend one another.“
Beautiful Pine Manor is feature in this photograph.
Source: Chicagopaganwedding.com; african-weddings.com/jumping_the_broom; wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_broom
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