The ritual of jumping the broomstick as part of a wedding ceremony has formed part of a number of cultural traditions over time, and is once again gaining in popularity.
Many people have heard of the expression jumping the broomstick, although fewer know its origins or meaning.
It is generally agreed that jumping the broomstick originated in the Britain and can be traced back to a centuries-old Welsh custom, “priodas coes ysgub”, or “broom-stick wedding”. It is associated specifically with the Welsh Romani community. In the early 16-18th centuries in the Americas, jumping the broomstick was widely practiced among the slave community as their only recognized form of marriage. The tradition also features in neopagan marriage ceremonies and Handfastings.
Jumping the broomstick symbolises entering a new life or phase of life together, It can also act as a reminder that each day offers a fresh start, and the importance of ‘sweeping away’ negative thoughts and energy.
I will provide a broom decorated to suit you wedding or handfasting for the ceremony. The broom can also be purchased should you wish to keep it.
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