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History of the Jack-O-Lantern
Irish brought the tradition of the Jack-O-Lantern to America. But, the original
Jack-O-Lantern was not a pumpkin.The Jack-O-Lantern legend goes back hundreds of
years in Irish History. As the story goes, Stingy Jack was a miserable, old
drunk who liked to play tricks on everyone: family, friends, his mother and even
the Devil himself. One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.
Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses
around the trunk of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree.
Stingy Jack made the Devil promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once
the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let
the Devil down.
Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth. He was not allowed to enter heaven. He then went down to Hell and the Devil. The Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared and had nowhere to go but to wander about forever in the darkness between heaven and hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave as there was no light. The Devil tossed him an ember from the flames of Hell to help him light his way. Jack placed the ember in a hollowed out Turnip, one of his favorite foods which he always carried around with him whenever he could steal one. For that day onward, Stingy Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his "Jack-O-Lantern".
On all Hallows eve, the Irish hollowed o
The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a souls passage to heaven.
is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities
include trick-or-treating, costume parties, viewing horror films, visiting
"haunted houses", and participating in traditional autumn activities such as
Halloween originated under the name of Samhain as a Pagan festival among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries have embraced the holiday as a part of American pop culture in the late twentieth century.
Halloween is now celebrated in parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and sometimes in Australia and New Zealand. In recent years, the holiday has also been celebrated in parts of Western Europe.
The term Halloween (and its older rendering Halloween) is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening of/before "All Hallows Day", also known as "All Saints Day". It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints Day from May 13November 1. In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although we now consider All Saints (or Hallows) Day to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day. Liturgically, the Church traditionally celebrated that day as the Vigil of All Saints, and, until 1970, a day of fasting as well. Like other vigils, it was cele