Black Wedding Traditions You May Not Have Heard Of

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Jumping the Broom

Slaves weren’t allowed to marry. So instead of having a ceremony, the couple jumped a broom. The tradition has deep African roots and the broom is a symbol to show that all of the old problems have been swept away.

Today many couples jump the broom at the end of their ceremony before they walk back down the aisle. But they don’t jump any old broom. These ceremonial brooms are hand made and beautifully decorated. After the wedding, couple’s display the broom in their home as a symbol of their love.

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