Wednesday, June 22, 2011

{Wednesday's Inspiration}::Tradition- "Jumping The Broom"

It's Wednesday so all posts will be in honor of Wedding Wednesday (#WeddingWednesday) (#WW)! I am one that loves to be inspired so the UrDreamPlanner blog will display Wednesday inspiration involving the wedding industry. 

{Wednesday's Inspiration}::Tradition-"Jumping The Broom" 

 The tradition of "Broom Jumping" dates all the way back to the 18th Century when slaves were not allowed to marry. The couples would place sticks down to jump over symbolizing their marriage. This tradition is seen mainly in the African-American culture. Meaning of "Broom Jumping"- Sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of new beginnings. This was also a symbolism that the woman would be care taker of the home, whoever jumped the highest over the broom (usually the man) would be the head of the household. These ceremonies usually were accompanied by drums and singing.

In today's culture the tradition still lives on. The "broom" used in the ceremony is either one that has been passed down from generations, ordered custom made or brought at stores that cater to this tradition and decorated by the couple. The movie "Jumping the Broom" displayed this tradition in a great light. If you haven't seen it, head to the movies now and watch it. It is a meaningful movie that shows family and tradition and how it goes hand in hand.

All kinds of traditions are incorporated into ceremonies and receptions.

Are you "Broom Jumping"? What traditions are you/ did you incorporate in your wedding? Do share!! :-) 

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