Thursday, October 04, 2007

Its The Month of Mystery and Magic

I am putting in the cobwebs (no dusting please) and I'm getting the fire going for my pot of potions.

" Witch" will include story's, jokes, lore, & history.
Lovely Halloween images, and much more.. Tis the Month of Halloween also know as; All Hallow's Eve, Day of the Dead, Samhain. So let us begin..

700,000 immigrants came to America in the 1800s during the Irish Potato Famine, bringing with them the traditions of Halloween and the use of Jack-O-Lanterns. Traditionally, the lantern was carved from a turnip, potato, or beet and lit with a burning lump of coal or a candle. These lanterns represented the souls of the departed loved ones and were placed in windows or set on porches to welcome the deceased. They also served as protection against malevolent sprits or goblins freed from the dead. Turnips and gourds were not as readily available in the Americas so the pumpkin was used and found to be quite an adequate replacement. The pumpkin jack-o-lantern has been an essential part of Halloween celebrations since the Victorian days and today is a universal symbol of Halloween.