Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin traditions change over time

By: Lynzi Acree

If you’re a fan of Halloween and all its traditions, then there’s a chance that you’ll be making a Jack-O-Lantern soon. Who doesn’t love those childhood memories of sitting around putting faces on pumpkins?
So, when you carve that pumpkin, there are several different designs for you may want to look into:

The traditional design: Jack-o’-Lanterns were originally carved radishes and squashes to tell stories or ward off demons. This tradition started in Ireland and spread over the UK, but when people started immigrating to America, it was much easier to use the indigenous pumpkin rather than the smaller radishes.

The picture is in the pumpkin: With the larger vegetables at hand, it was easier to make more than just a basic face; and with the new tools that have developed over time fancier, more in-depth drawings became possible. Many pictures still keep the theme of Halloween, but not all of them.

People’s faces: Even more recently, pop culture has been incorporated into the Jack-o’-Lantern tradition. You can use different cutting depths to shade and emphasize features.
A man in Kenova, WV makes an amazing display of Jack-o’-Lanterns every year. Ric Griffith, the great pumpkin artist has the help of volunteers for this great project. The Pumpkins are on display for about a week around Halloween. If you ever get a chance to stop by it is strongly advised that you seize the opportunity.

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