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Creepy Facts of Jack O’Lantern in Halloween Celebration
Halloween, in the beginning, was a tradition of celebrations of the Pagan people who believe that every 31 October the boundaries of the world of the dead and the living are open. They perform a ritual called Samhain by wearing ghost costumes to be able to interact and or reconcile with the spirits of ancestors and so on. Halloween originated from the people of Ireland who then migrated to America and brought along the tradition.
Halloween celebrations that are now no more than just costume parties are always closely tied to one of the decoration accessories, Pumpkin Yellow that is shaped in such away. Pumpkin decorations are usually called Jack O’Lantern. Did you know that Jack O’Lantenr’s history turned out to be quite scary?
In Irish folklore, Jack O’Lantern comes from a figure named Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack is described as a drunkard and liar, he lied to anyone be it family, parents, girlfriends, friends and even the devil.
It is said that Stingy Jack even deceived the devil several times. Jack asks the Devil to turn into a gold coin to pay for his drink, instead, Jack offers his soul to have the Devil later. The Devil turned into a gold coin. But instead of being paid, the gold coin entered Jack’s shirt pocket with a cross meant to keep the Devil from changing.
Another story says Jack asked the Devil to climb an apple tree and get it for him with the same offer, his soul. The devil also picked up the apple and threw it at Jack. After that Jack put a cross on the tree until finally the Devil was trapped in the tree.
When he died Jack was not accepted anywhere, he could not enter heaven and hell did not accept him because he had deceived the Devil. Finally, Jack’s soul roams the earth with a stock of coals as a torch. Jack stores the embers in a pumpkin and often scares people with the figure of a man carrying a lantern. This is what later made him known as Jack O’Lantern
Irish people make pumpkin shapes carved in such a way that they are stored in front of their homes so that Jack O’Lantern does not disturb them. Carved eyes and grinning are mentioned as a reflection of Jack O’Lantern’s face.
This folklore teaches that severe punishment will befall those who like to lie and be greedy. But then the value of the story fades into mere celebration decoration.