Monday, March 2, 2009

Handfasting: Broom Jumping Verse

In the old days, the broom was a symbol of fertility as well as a household

object. It was the first thing brought into the home of a newlywed couple

after bread and salt, and it was used to sweep their path so as to symbolize

the sweeping away of obstacles. Both ancient European traditions and

African-American traditions had newly wedded couples jump over the broom

for luck, fortune, fertility of family and lands, and also to show that they

would accept the ordinary domestic tasks of the house together, which as a

daily household tool the broom represents. Are you ready?

1 comment:

  1. I had never heard of this tradition untiil I read the book, "Handfasting and Wedding Rituals", by Raven Kaldera and Tannin Schwartzstein. The previous blogs concerning my personal handfasting ceremony were also taken from this book. :)