Sunday, 4 November 2012

About Jack-O-Lanterns & Pumpkins


Tivoli was dressed in orange during the Fall Break. 
Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns enlightened the small squares and alleys in the evening. 

Our youngest son read out loud from his English book, 
that the tradition of carving pumpkins goes back to Ireland. 

In the old days Irish children carved turnips and put candles in them 
to light the night on Halloween, calling them Jack-O-Lanterns. 

When the Irish came to America as immigrants, 
they found out that the American pumpkins were a lot easier to carve, 
so today the Jack-O-Lanterns are made from pumpkins. 

We saw many beautifully carved pumpkins, but no turnips ... 

 The traditions for All Hallows' Eve in Scandinavia is different from family to family - many visit the  graves of their beloved ones, lighting up a candle.




In the picture above you see The Flying Trunk-house, named after a fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen.  In the Flying Trunk-house you can wander from one fairytale to another, listening and watching the main plots of the popular fairytales of H.C. Andersen.




Soft light and the Jack-O-Lanterns created a warm and fairy-like atmosphere.




In the middle of the main square there was a huge, smoking pot. The boys had won dracula-teeth from the "archery", so they thought it was fun to wear the teeth while stirring the pot with a huge spoon.




A wooden windmill was spinning at the square.
In front of the windmill there was a little market with pumpkins, where you could 
choose a pumpkin, carve it and light a candle inside.




Having a go on a Harley Davidson was really exciting 
- especially in the final straight!




Since our traditions for the All Hallows' Eve differ from carving pumpkins and Trickle & Treat, it is enriching to be able to learn more about Jack-O-Lanters, and experience a bit what it might be like to go and find a pumpkin from the pumpkin field, carve it and decorate the house, bake pumpkin pies and other nice things!






Ni Hao Yall




LorikArt

24 comments:

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    1. Thank you Gina, the seasonal decorations add extra charm each time you visit Tivoli, making it a special experience.

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  2. What an interesting time and traditions. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

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    1. Hi Debbie, I was also fascinated about the history and how the traditions have adapted ever since

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  3. What a beautiful site! Thx for sharing all the info too

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    1. The lights and colorful lanterns made the site very special :)

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  4. Love your first photo--so dramatic!

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    1. Hi Marcy, the entrance is a bit voluminous!

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  5. I had no idea about the history of jack o' lanterns and turnips - interesting tidbit. Great captures.

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  6. Absolute elegant photography ~ what an event ~ very creative work ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  7. Love the lights and these night-time shots. So lovely!

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  8. thanks for sharing all the brights and beautifuls
    of your nighttime celebration
    ....love the jackolantern high on the building:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer, that jackolantern is impressive!

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  9. amazing photos and it looks so much fun. thank you for sharing :) happy week ahead! xxo sweetie :)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Ana!

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  10. absolutely stunning shots!! great job!

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  11. A most interesting post.. and I like your tivoli image very much. The composition and the light is fantastic! And the pattern you have captured/emphasised in beautiful. Thank you for being part of Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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    1. Thank you Lori! Mandarin Orange Minday has opened my eyes for this bright and warm color :)

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