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What is the tradition of jumping over the broom?

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Jumping over the broom is a wedding tradition where both the bride and the groom jump over a broom together during the ceremony. This action is symbolic of sweeping away the past and new beginnings. In addition, it can represent the joining of the two families.

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Although it is not known definitively where this tradition came from, it was used by African-American slave populations in the American South during the 18th and 19th centuries as an alternative to church or courthouse weddings, which were prohibited to African-Americans at that time. However, the wedding tradition was also popular in Scottish, Welsh and Roma cultures during that same time period.

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