I like Halloween a lot, so I thought it would be fun to share a few fun facts, just because:
- Jack-o-lanterns were original carved out of turnips, not pumpkins!
- They were used as make-shift lanterns, supposedly during Samhain, which is why it’s associated with Halloween.
- The name “Jack-O-Lantern” comes from how unidentified men (or so many men) were called Jack. If you saw a stranger carrying a light, he was Jack of the lantern… Jack o’lantern.
- Halloween itself stakes its origins in an ancient Celtic holiday called Samhain, where the people lit a bonfire and wore costumes to keep ghosts away.
- Hundreds of years later, the Catholic Church got All Saint’s Day on November 1, also known as All Hallow’s, and the day before (Samhain), was All Hallow’s Eve, later Halloween.
- Trick-or-treating began when the poor, particularly kids, would go door to door begging for foods and other little gifts in exchange for a prayer in honor of the dead.
So yeah! Happy Halloween!
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