Jumping the Broom is both a Celtic/European tradition, as well as an African tradition.
After the bride and groom have been proclaimed married, a broom/besom is laid at the pairs feet, and the jump over it. Seems like a simple ritual, right?
Try doing it in wedged heels wearing a VERY heavy dress!
The broom represents the threshold of the home. I love that my Muggle and I jumped ours, because he certainly couldn’t carry me through a doorway. We had been living together already, so along with this ritual and it’s connection to my faith, it connected us to our ancestral lines. I’m a mongrel (2nd-8th generation Australian along with Dutch, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh) with my Muggle’s ancestry of English and Irish.
I’m feeling nostalgic, so here’s some select photos from my handfasting, on the 9th October 2011, at Harvester Moon in the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria (Australia). All photos are by Kari Teagan Photography, and our High Priestess was Lenore from Lenore’s Grimoire. No faces for privacy reasons.