Jumping the broom is a tradition of western weddings and it came from Africa. Singing a song, a prayer or a poem has also become the part of this. One specific song was frequently used in the wedding ceremonies of early 1900s. In this ceremony bride and groom jump over a broom and this activity symbolizes the beginning of a new life and sweeping away the past life. In this way bride and groom offer a respectful nod to their family ancestors.
This activity was used in wedding ceremonies among slave population of American South in 18th and 19th century and now it has become a popular part of western weddings. In this activity the couple of bride and groom jump over a broom.
Some brides like to make their own brooms and they decorate it with different materials like beads, bows flowers and many other things while others like to purchase readymade decorated with ornaments.
A wooden handle is also decorated with silk ribbons and it is tied with the broom and the tie of the broom is considered that it will bind the couple forever.
The couple jump over it in front of the crowd of guests. A decorative paper in which the names of the guests are written is also attached to the ribbon and it symbolizes that the well wishes of the guests go with this couple.
In this picture the broom is simple and the wooden handle is decorated with ribbon of three colors and it is tied with the broom with a silk cloth in golden color. The groom jumped over the broom and the broom is decorated with some flowers and some ribbons.
The bride and groom jumped over the broom which is so simple. This couple is on the beach and the broom is placed on the white cloth, the broom is so simple. The broom of this couple is decorated with a big white flower.