I am originally from Ghana, West Africa but grew up in Canada and now reside in the United States. I am all around girl but during the wedding planning process, there were certain things that we had to do because it was part of our cultures.
The first was an engagement ceremony where the groom basically asks for the bride’s hand in marriage. We were going to do a semi-engagement party, the day before the wedding, however that was a disaster. The food came late and my family was very late. Mr. Pancakes got upset because his family came early and waited around for my family who never showed up. Needless to say mr. Pancakes eventually left and so there was no engagement party. We hashed it before the wedding though! Obviously!
The second was jumping the broom! This is a ceremony dating back to the 1600s and derived from Africa.
The “Jumping the Broom” is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, at the ceremony signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as wife and husband.
At first i didn’t really understand this process however after i read more about it; and our pastor was perfectly fine to research and speak about it. And in the end, it was fantastic because it was honestly one of the favourite parts of our wedding!
Happy 1 month Anniversary Mr. Pancakes!