Jack 'O' Lantern by Dennis Melling

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My vector drawing of a pumpkin ‘Jack O Lantern on a background of the sun.
The Halloween holiday is commonly thought to have pagan roots. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, derived from the Old Irish Samuin meaning "summer’s end". Samhain was the first and the most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Irish and Scottish calendar and, falling on the last day of autumn, it was a time for stock-taking and preparation for the cold winter months ahead. There was also a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. To ward off these spirits, the Gaels built huge, symbolically regenerative bonfires and invoked the help of the gods through animal and perhaps even human sacrifice.

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  • Dennis Melling
    Dennis Mellingover 2 years ago


  • – Dennis Melling

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongover 2 years ago

    Always thought is was an interesting tradition but I get into with gourds and pumpkins and ornamental corn. Nice one Dennis. ~Sam

  • I thought “something nice and sunny” because all things Halloween seem to be black and horrible.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Moonlake
    Moonlakeover 2 years ago

    Fabulous greeting card and great facts

  • Many thanks :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 2 years ago

    This is groovy cool :o)

  • Thank you Dawn :)
    Something to warm you up on Halloween night

    – Dennis Melling

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 2 years ago

    pumpnic! this is ny fav jol i’ve seen so far this year and love it as a solar satellite. instant fav

  • Thank you very much – it certainly has been popular for Halloween :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    ♥ OCTOBER 22nd, 2012
    Thank You For Participating!

  • Thank you Mary :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 1 year ago

    Great colors, Happy Halloween, Dennis

  • Thank you very much Luda:)

    – Dennis Melling

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