As we carve a happy face on the pumpkin, we are reminded of the joy that God gives us. The Bible says: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8).
The White Pumpkin is a symbol recognized among the Pregnancy and Infant Loss community. But what does it mean? The white pumpkin is displayed in memory of a baby or babies ‘gone to soon’. We display this little gourd, when we can’t display another little hand carved pumpkin.
In Ireland, people started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul. When Irish immigrants moved to the U.S., they began carving jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins, as these were native to the region.
The carved Halloween pumpkin celebrates the memory of lost souls. It always gave rise to many legends such as the legend of Jack O’ Lantern.
In the 1800s, the humble pumpkin became a totem of the fight to abolish slavery in America.
pumpkin seeds represent abundance, wisdom, dreams.
A garden where pumpkins are planted, commonly available for sale.
When you dream of seeing pumpkins, this is a sign that you are open and willing to accept new experiences. On the other hand, pumpkin is a symbol of transformation. After that, this dream can be a warning to tell you that the things you desire will come, and this is the right moment to accomplish something meaningful.
If you see a green pumpkin while you’re at a farm, then leave it alone so that it can continue to ripen. Pumpkins are usually light green when they begin growing before they turn darker. A dark green pumpkin is one that is almost ready to turn orange so that it can be picked.
Usually, when anyone dreams of a big, round, and juicy Watermelon, it carries a sign of hope, love, money, and happiness. If you go by its appearance, then the hard outer skin of green color suggests the emergence of a new life, while the bright red fleshy interior suggests fertility and sexuality.
The most popular pumpkin remains the orange and black pumpkin pails from your childhood, but even those carry meaning. Black represents darkness and death. Throughout history darkness is also believed to be a time when the spirit world crosses the living.
Pink: Pink pumpkins are in support of breast cancer awareness. This could mean that a person in the home is a survivor, knows someone who is a survivor, or is currently undergoing treatment.
To ward away evil spirits, people placed carved jack-o’-lanterns on porches and in windows. Their creations were made from carved turnips, beets, or potatoes with burning lumps of coal inside them to add light.
They often carved scary faces and placed the lanterns near doors in order to ward off evil spirits. This practice likely stemmed from the superstitions and strict religious practices of yesteryear. When the Irish, Scottish, and English immigrated to America, they brought along their lantern-making practices.
Now pumpkins on Thanksgiving symbolize more of a happier and uplifting meaning compared to Halloween. Pumpkins mean new life within us, within our family and friends.
Halloween may be a secular affair today, dominated by candy, costumes and trick-or-treating, but the holiday is rooted in an annual Celtic pagan festival called Samhain (pronounced “SAH- wane”) that was then appropriated by the early Catholic Church some 1,200 years ago.
In the United States, pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Harvested in October, this nutritious and versatile orange fruit features flowers, seeds and flesh that are edible and rich in vitamins.
The word “pumpkin” originates from “peopon,” which means “large melon” in Greek. It then evolved to “pompon” in French and “pumpion” in Britain. The Americans later changed it to “pumpkin,” the name we still use today.
Over 9,000 years ago the indigenous peoples of North America were growing pumpkins - long before the cultivation of corn or beans (Kavasch, 14). They began in the Oaxaca region as early as 8750 B.C., and spread north to the eastern region of the United States by 2700 B.C. (Kavasch, 90).
The very first Thanksgiving was held in New England between the Wampanoag Tribe and Plymouth Colonists. It was a way to celebrate the successful harvest. It’s said that pumpkin was served at this celebratory dinner, but no one knows if it was a pie-like dessert or a pumpkin dish, but pumpkins were definitely involved!
Contains essential fatty acids. Help reduce cholesterol. Good source of magnesium. Decreases the risk of osteoporosis in women after their menopause.
Phytosterol, which is known to improve testosterone production in the body, is a component that is present in pumpkin seeds. This helps in the increase of the sperm count and fertility. These seeds also contain omega-3 fatty acids that improve blood circulation and increase semen volume.
Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pumpkin is incredibly healthy. What’s more, its low calorie content makes it a weight-loss-friendly food. Its nutrients and antioxidants may boost your immune system, protect your eyesight, lower your risk of certain cancers and promote heart and skin health.
Pumpkin season actually begins around mid-September and lasts throughout October and November. Take advantage of the great fall weather and head over to your local farmer’s market or find a place to pick your own. Whichever you choose, you are sure to have a great harvest season!