In Romania and Tuscany it was a folk belief that a broom
laid beneath the pillow would keep witches and evil spirits
away. Others suggested that witches and evil spirits could be
kept at bay by two crossed brooms in front of a house door or
cattle-shed. The British believed that if a girl should stride over
a broom handle, she would be a mother before she was a wife.
Other superstitions claimed that buying a broom in the month
of May would sweep your friends away, hence it was unlucky to
make brooms during May. Another popular belief was that a
new broom should sweep something into the house before it
swept dust out of the house.