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Did you know that Halloween in the United States dates back to 1840’s? The arrival in the country of large numbers of Irish immigrants, following the disastrous potato famine in Ireland, helped establish the feast in America. Their celebrations of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days still preserved many of the ancient rites of Samhain. For example, the carving of pumpkins comes from the Irish legend of Jack, a man so evil that when he died he was rejected by both heaven and hell and was condemned to roam the countryside with nothing but a glowing turnip for a head.
Read more about Halloween in U.S. History in Context.
Did you ever wonder why Americans carve pumpkins for Halloween? About 2,000 years ago, an Irish legend developed about a ghost who was forced to wander the earth while holding a lantern. To scare him away, the Irish carved turnips and potatoes and put candles inside them at night. When the Irish brought this tradition to America, they started carving pumpkins instead!
According to the Irish legend, what was the name of the ghost who roamed the earth?
Find the answer and learn more about this legend : Parks, Wynn. “The Head of the Dead: Celtic Origins of the Jack-o’-Lantern.” World & I. Nov. 1994: 270-279. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 27 Sep 2010.