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The Legend of the Jack O'Lantern

The use of Jack O'Lanterns as festival lights for Hallow e'en is a custom that descended from the Irish who used carved out turnips or beets as lanterns. On Hallow e'en, these lights represented the souls of the dead or goblins freed from the dead. When the Irish emigrated to America, they could not find many turnips to carve into Jack O'Lanterns but they did find an abundance of pumpkins. Pumpkins seemed to be a suitable substitute for the turnips and pumpkins have been an essential part of Halloween celebrations ever since.

Here is The Legend of the Jack O'Lantern.

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