Why Are Pumpkins Associated with Halloween?

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The reason why pumpkins are associated with Halloween comes from the Irish tradition. On all Hallows eve, the Irish hollowed out turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets and placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits. In the 1800's, a couple of waves of Irish immigrants came to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out so they began using pumpkins for Jack O’ Lanterns and as the symbol for Halloween.
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Lanterns were carved from these plentiful gourds.
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For centuries, people used pumpkins as lanterns to carry in the night.
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they are associated with thanksgiving too.. so it must just be because they grow this time of year.
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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,
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Pumpkins were not the first veggie associated with Halloween. Turnips were used as a Halloween symbol before the pumpkin stole the spotlight. Pumpkins were more plentiful in America so they replaced the turnip as a symbol for Halloween. You can find more information here: www.nancyskitchen.com
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