Why a “jack-o-lantern”?
October 31st is Halloween in Canada, the USA, the UK and many other western countries. People celebrate it around the world!
Children dress up as ghosts, vampires, zombies, werewolves, skeletons, witches, or superman: Some of them wear Anonymous masks. They go to people’s houses and say “trick or treat?” In turn, people give them candy and cookies.
Houses are decorated for the occasion. A typical Halloween decoration, consisting on a decorated pumpkin, is called “jack-o-lantern”.
The tradition of the jack-o-lantern comes from Ireland. The legend says that a man called Stingy Jackwas not allowed in Heaven nor in Hell, and was condemned to wonder the Earth in the dark. He put an ember* inside a turnip* to make a lantern. People started to call him Jack of the lantern. This was then shortened to jack-o-lantern. When the tradition continued in America, people started using pumpkins instead of* turnips.
*ember = brasa, *turnip= nap, *instead of = encomptes de…