For a couple of years now, I’ve been carving pumpkins for Halloween, just for the fun of it; for the art that it is. So for this week’s Catching Light, ‘that’ is what I have — pictures of some carved and lit pumpkin lanterns.
I just learnt that it was the Irish immigrants who brought the tradition of carving pumpkins to the US. Back home, they are said to have carved out lanterns from turnips and gourds. But when they saw the size of pumpkins grown on American soil, they began carving out those lamps to honour the dead or lamps-to-keep-spirits-at-bay with these large orange squashes.
|This is a Jack O’ lantern from Fall-2013|
|And here’s this year’s carved pumpkin. This time around, my 6-year old lent me a hand.|
|This time around, I went a little further and tried some more carving
and now I have a little ghost guarding my front door.