Why do you hang pumpkin lanterns on Halloween? Many people probably don't know the reason, only that the annual outdoor Halloween pumpkin lantern is one of the essential elements.
The story of outdoor Halloween lanterns
To let everyone know more about Halloween and the history of pumpkins and Halloween lanterns, Deyi summarized some historical stories of outdoor hanging Halloween lanterns for you.
The story of carving pumpkins as lanterns originated in ancient Ireland. According to legend, there was a man named Jack, who was stingy, liked pranks, and often got drunk. One day Jack was drunk and ran into a demon. He tricked the devil into a tree and then carved a cross on the stump so that the devil could not get off the stump, and threatened the devil to agree to his offer. After some argument, the devil and Jack reached an agreement. The devil promised to cast a spell so that Jack could not be sanctioned by the law no matter what he did. After Jack died, because he was a person who had dealt with the devil and had misbehavior when he was alive, his soul could neither go to heaven nor hell, so his undead had to be lit by a small candle, and guided him to wander between heaven and earth.
In the old Irish legend, this small candle was placed in a hollow radish. It is said that not long after the Irish arrived in the United States, they discovered that pumpkins are superior to carrots in terms of source and carving. Because the appearance of the pumpkin is more beautiful than the radish, close to the shape of the face, so the outdoor Halloween lantern pumpkin lantern gradually replaced the radish lantern and became the pet of Halloween. Therefore, the pumpkin lantern is also called Jack's lantern. It is worth mentioning that, because the pumpkin lantern is the Halloween symbol, and the pumpkin is orange-red, therefore, the Halloween symbol color is orange-red.