Stringy Jack…Jack ‘ O Lantern….Turnips = Carved Pumpkins … Really

By  | October 8, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Jack_turnipThe Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkin. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

Stingy Jack, perhaps also known as Jack the Smith, Drunk Jack, and Jack of the Lantern, is a mythical character apparently associated with All Hallows Eve. The “jack-o’-lantern” may be derived from the character. ¬†String Jack was a character in Irish lore who struck a deal with the devil it is said the Irish placed glowing embers in carved out turnips to ward the spirit of Stringy Jack away.haloween-scary-pupkins

On all Hallow’s eve, the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away. These were the original Jack O’Lanterns. In the 1800’s a couple of waves of Irish immigrants came to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out. So they used pumpkins for Jack O’Lanterns.

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