The Halloween festivities have begun and tonight I learned the art of pumpkin carving.
The carving of pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns derives (debatable) from the Samhain custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory.
Carving the actual pumpkin was different from what I’d expected. Scooping the insides out was cold and gooey and it didn’t look like pumpkin I’d wanna eat (which is a shame). Also these pumpkins aren’t very hard. They are soft and easy to carve – obviously an American adaptation. Another surprising thing was that most people didn’t carve scary faces into their pumpkins. I did. Since it’s what I’d expected to do. But some people drew happy faces, bunnies, cats, and one girl even drew a starbucks logo (only god knows why)!
It was great fun and I’m happy with my result.