Jack O’Lantern and the Pumpkin


Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever wondered where the Halloween [or Hallowe’en] celebration of the pumpkin originated?

Well aside from the religious aspect of All Hallows’ evening or All Saints Eve/  All Souls’ Day.

The Pumpkin lantern seems to have its origin in an Irish legend, a tale really, of a drunkard denied access to both heaven and hell and so he was forced to wander restlessly around here on Earth with a spark from the fires of hell encased in a beet, later a pumpkin.

The now well-known decorated Halloween Pumpkin is an American version of the old Irish tradition no doubt brought to America with the Irish immigrants in the 1800 and the tale relates that

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