I thought I would share this interesting tale about the origin of the Jack O’Lantern. I originally read it on Darlene Foster’s blog, darlenefoster.wordoress.come and then found it again on the History Channel.
Pumpkins with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. The practice of decorating jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. In fact, the name, jack-o’-lantern, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.
The Legend of “Stingy Jack”
People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form.
Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”
Enjoy this fun day, 🎃Bernadette
23 responses to “WISHING YOU ALL TREATS AND NO TRICKS”
Such a cool story. How great you are sharing it. Happy Halloween!
That is so interesting. Thanks for sharing the story. Happy Halloween!
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This is very interesting,I haven’t read or heard it before.Thank you very much for sharing.Take care.🙏😊🌹
It was cool to hear about the origins of the name Jack O’ Lantern. Thanks Bernadette, and happy Halloween to you!
Thank you for such a great Halloween post about the origins of Jack-O’ Lantern! Am posting the link and hopefully pinging/reblogging on my site https://www.chocofigbee.com
Happy Halloween, Bernadette!
It is a sun story.
Thanks so much for the reblog. Very nice of you.
Have reblogged “Wishing You All Treats and No Tricks” on my link
Thanks so much.
Love it! It makes sense that the Devil and God would get even with the Stingy’s soul, however, one has to admire Stingy Jack’s ingenuity.
Never had heard this. What an interesting tale. Thanks for sharing it.
How interesting! I hope you had a fun celebration!
Happy Halloween Bernadette, thank you for the great story!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
Interesting story. I’d not come across it before.
I had to do research on Samhain for a book. I discovered that people used to light a candle and put it in the window to frighten away evil spirits that crossed the veil between the living and spirit worlds on this night.
They also put out their fires to re-light them from the bonfires they lit to drive away the evil spirits.
Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great week.
Thanks for the tale Bernadette! Happy Halloween 🎃
Rebana, have a great week.
How fun! Thank you!! Happy Halloween!
Awesome story! Thank you for sharing it. I hope that your Hallowe’en was a happy one!
The grandkids had a great time. It felt great to return to a semblance of normalcy. Have a great week Donna.
Loved your story thanks for sharing it with us.