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The Origin of Pumpkin Carving.

 

 

Every Halloween pumpkins big and small go on sale at your local supermarket. They’re picked up to be used in what is a pretty commonplace practice during Halloween: Pumpkin carving.

 

The practice can be traced back to Ireland where during the 19th centuries, turnips would be hollowed out to make lanterns and carved with grotesque faces.

The lanterns were made during Halloween, which according to multiple cultures were sure is where the barrier separating the spiritual world and the material world was at it’s weakest.

 

The lanterns ( called Jack o lanterns after the will o’ wisps in English folklore) were crafted depending on the culture to either represent or repel spirits during this night.

 

Nowadays, lantern carving has evolved to almost an art form, including all sorts of stencils and designs, including cartoon characters, and tv stars.

 

It’s always good to remember where the tradition comes from. While you’re picking up your pumpkin and stencil, make sure to keep an eye out for wandering spirits, and have a happy Halloween.

Ana Cedeno is a journalism major and campus correspondent for Broward College. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, she immigrated to the United States when she was twelve years old and continued her education in the sunny, politically contradictory, swamp state of Florida. She has since been published by both her college newspaper and the online grassroots journalism publication Rise Miami News. A fan of literature since age 6, she's an enthusiast of language and making her opinion known, while still hearing out the other side and keeping an open mind for growth.
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