JusWondering… What Is Jumping The Broom?

Anybody hear about this movie called Jumping the Broom?

This Summer, Learn a New Term!

Anybody hear of the phrase jumping the broom?

Well, apparently it’s

a phrase and custom relating to wedding ceremonies practiced in Wales, by Romani people (better known as “Gypsies”), in some African-American communities, and by other groups.

That I could have garnered from the poster.  What else ya got, Wikipedia?

In Wales, Romani (Gypsy) couples would get married by eloping together, when they would “jump the broom,” or over a branch of flowering broom or a besom made of broom…

…In some African-American communities, marrying couples will end their ceremony by jumping over a broomstick, either together or separately. This practice dates back at least to the 19th century and has enjoyed a 20th century revival largely due to the miniseries Roots.

Sooooo (how many o’s are enough?) it has ties to slave times.  And the question of which culture the practice originated from is still up for debate.  Ummmmm (how many m’s are enough?) that’s an interesting title… and I learned something today, sooooo there’s that…