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Carve a pumpkin for Samhain – Or a Turnip!

How to Easily Carve a Turnip Jack-o-Lantern - Lovely Greens

To distract wandering spirits from settling into their homes and farms, Celts once carved faces into turnips and set candles inside; this was a rudimentary form of today’s pumpkin carvings. Turnip lanterns lined roadways to light the way and also caution passing spirits.

Celts believed placing lit turnips outside would guide family spirits home; simultaneously, scary carvings repelled evil spirits.

There is also evidence that turnips were used to carve what was called a “Hoberdy’s Lantern” in Worcestershire, England, at the end of the 18th century. The folklorist Jabez Allies outlines other derivations of the name, “Hobany’s”, which is most likely derived from “Hob and his”, with other variations including “Hob-o’-Lantern”, “Hobbedy’s Lantern” and “Hobbady-lantern”.

A jack-o’-lantern (or jack o’lantern) is a carved pumpkin, turnip, or other root vegetable lantern, commonly associated with the Halloween holiday. Its name comes from the reported phenomenon of strange lights flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisps or jack-o’-lanterns. The name is also tied to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way.

Jack-o’-lanterns carved from pumpkins are a yearly Halloween tradition that came to the United States with Irish immigrants.

In a jack-o’-lantern, the top of the pumpkin or turnip is cut off to form a lid, the inside flesh is scooped out, and an image—usually a scary or funny face—is carved out of the rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source, traditionally a flame such as a candle or tealight, is placed within before the lid is closed. However, artificial jack-o’-lanterns with electric lights are also marketed. It is common to see jack-o’-lanterns used as external and internal decorations prior to and on Halloween.

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Samhain Ritual 2020

Welcome one and all to our online ritual for Samhain in the year of 2020. Though we are unable to gather together physically in once place this year, we can still honor our beloved dead together by taking part in this ritual together. This year’s ritual will be led by April Kane.

For this Ritual you’ll need the following items:

  • Cakes and Ale
  • Fire of some sort- matches, lighter, etc.
  • Bay Leaves, paper will do in a pinch
  • Pen
  • Fireproof Container
  • Divination Tool of choice
  • Decorations on altar of your own choosing

You can find the full ritual script and notes by following this link.

Samhain Of The Celts

Samhain is one of the four major religious festivals in the Celtic calendar.

Samhain is celebrated for three nights at the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the dark half of the year. This has come to be October 31st, November 1st and 2nd on our modern calendars.

Samhain sees the end of one year and beginning of the new but is not quite either one.

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Under The Sea Flyer

Calling all mermaids, pirates, and folks who dream of their toes in the sand, the ocean is calling to us to spend A Night By The Sea.  It’s the 3rd Annual Frolick Fantastical and we hope you come join White Oak Grove CUUPs at this fun for all ages, Halloween event.

Saturday October 28th, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 PM Music, Games, Fortune Teller, and Light Refreshments

8:00 PM Light Refreshments, Music, Contests, and Fortune Teller

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Grown-up Card Games

Our event is open this year with just a $10 suggested donation.  Tickets will be sold for a fundraising raffle to help support future White Oak Grove CUUPs activities.

Please RSVP by October 20th to whiteoakgrovecuups@gmail.com

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