The Jumping the Broom ceremony is done as an act of remembrance and to honor the ancestors of the past. A broom itself represents cleanliness, the hearth and family. It can also represent fertility. The jumping of the broom is a leap of faith into marriage. In some parts of Africa, ceremonial brooms are used to sweep away evil. “By Jumping the broom, you are honoring and respecting your ancestors legacy and their heritage.
African-American: Stepping Over the Broom The custom of jumping over a broom symbolizes sweeping away the past and starting a home. The tradition began during slavery, when African-Americans were forbidden to marry and sealed their love with a leap. Today, brooms are often handmade as keepsakes.