A besom is the witches broom. Any broom may be used. Among other materials, an older besom would have a round, smoothed, hard wood handle between 4 and 5 feet in length with heather or birch twigs attached to the bottom. The twigs would completely encircled the diameter of the handle and would be held there with tightly bound wire, leather or heavy string. This besom would be used in handfesting, the bride and groom would jump over it and into their married life. Some of the other materials besoms are made from are straw and broom plant. Some are made with short handles.

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