10 Fantastic Wedding Traditions and Their Origins


8. Jumping the Broom

Among modern African-Americans, the Jumping the Broom ritual is a common one at weddings. It’s a tradition with a sad past, though.

On plantations, slaves didn’t have the right to marry. Nevertheless, they formed their own wedding rituals: a man and woman who jumped over a broom together were considered married.

While freed slaves didn’t continue the practice for decades, modern African-Americans are beginning to revive the practice as a way to stay in touch with their history. I really like this unique wedding tradition and many of my friends used this tradition on their wedding days.