#2 "Her Auntee and her Daughter held the broom like one inch from the floor. We landed in step and that was eight yrs. ago."
#3 "Dude, you might as well go jump the broom!"
With wide variations, the basic feature of the ritual was that the marriage union was solemnized by a young couple leaping together over a broom. This would be done in the context of a family gathering.
Widely practiced in the American South, the ritual may have an African origin, or it may have been adapted from a similar ancient Celtic fertility ritual.
"Jumping the broom" is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity as a tribute to the customs of American slaves.