Published: September 10, 2012,on Blog

Pondering on the act of carving and cutting as an art form, we sat reflecting on Halloween and the practice of pumpkin carving during the same. A short research led to some interesting knowledge

Throughout Britainand Ireland, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnipmangelwurzel, or swede.  The turnip was traditionally but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips. Jack-o’-lantern appeared as a term for a carved vegetable lantern in the fist half of the 19th century and the carved pumpkin lantern association with Halloween is recorded in 1866.









There are endless folklores in regard to the origin of the jack of latterns. The most cited of them is the story of Jack a farmer who was once plagued by the devil. Jack it is said was adept at reining in devils. And he captured the devil with across promising to free him only with the condition that the devil would never take his soul. Upon his death his soul was taken neither in heaven nor could the devil take him and hence he was lost. Upon Jack’s demand the devil gave him embers from the fires of hell that would never cease burning. Jack carved a turnip and kept the ember within it He thus roamed the earth with that light so goes the story. This reminds me of the folklores about the will-o’-the-wisp. For more on which you might like to read this :

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