The history of Halloween and pumpkin is an interesting Celtic folklore
Pumpkin Carving And The History of Halloween
How do you view the traditional Halloween Festival? Are you one that believes it celebrates the occult, or do you view it as harmless fun? Let us see what history has to teach us about the Halloween Festival, not minding that its history has a religious connotation.
History has it that Pope Boneface IV, introduce a celebration, ‘’Hallotide’’ in the 7th Century, to commemorate the martyrs and saints. This was later changed to ‘All Saints Day’’.
All Saints Day was (was designated on every 1st November). And All Souls’ Day on the 2nd.
Prayers were said to those who have died and are already in heaven on All Saints Day. And on All Souls Day, on the following day, November 2nd, prayers were for those who have died but are trapped in purgatory, (a halfway route to paradise).
So on the eve of All Saints Day, October 31st, people termed it All Hallow Eve. All Hallow means Holy Man. Traditionally, people dress in regalia, going from house to house and receiving gifts, as the souls who have passed and visiting them for the last time.
However, in the traditional Celtic folklore, a man named Jack who used to taunt the devil dies, and as his punishment, the devil made him carve out the turnip (a popular vegetable then) and put burning coal as his light to roam about. The devil prevented his ascent, hence he was roaming the street.
Early Irish immigrants to the U.S. brought the tradition of making a jack-o’-lantern at Halloween. According to Irish folklore, Jack was a blacksmith who had tricked the devil on several occasions. The story says that when Jack died, he was denied entrance into both heaven and hell. When the devil turned him away, he gave Jack a burning ember. Jack hollowed out a turnip to carry the ember and give him light. The Irish remembered this story each year by carving scary faces on turnips and placing a burning piece of coal inside. However, when the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they discovered that pumpkins were more readily available and made better jack-o’-lanterns than turnips. Eventually, candles replaced the burning coals. You might use a battery-operated candle or a flashlight inside your jack-o’-lantern today.
So people generally then carve out vegetables, (potatoes, melons, etc) with ugly faces and put them out of their windows to stop the roaming Jack O’Lantern from entering their houses.
This tradition was taken to Central America and Mexico, where there were traditionally plenty of pumpkins, and soon pumpkins are then used to stop Jack and other evils spirits from entering the houses.
Souling, Costumes, And Bonfire
All these were introduced lately.
Souling is where children dress in scary or ghostly costumes, going about with offertory bowls, for donations, and offerings sweets in return. So also is the tradition of fireworks were introduced.
- All parts of Pumpkins are edible, the skin, the flesh, and the seeds. The seeds can be roasted before eating.
- Pumpkins are highly nutritious and beneficial for the body.
- The most popular Halloween dressings are witches, vampires, fairies, and cats.
- According to huntedworld.com, Americans spend between $300–$500m annually on purchasing tickets to hunted houses.