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Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Halloween and Other Times of the Year

What is the origin of the Jack-o-Lantern? An article published on the website of the University of Illinois Extension traced it back to an Irish myth about a man called Stingy Jack.” Jack was sent off “into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way.” It also mentioned that “in Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and hanging them at windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.” Irish, Scottish and English immigrants to the U.S. brought the tradition along with them. It was they who realized that pumpkins are more suitable for the purpose, being much larger fruits.

Posted on 25 October '13 by , under Info Article. No Comments.