Punky Night

In the villages of Hinton St George and Chiselborough in Somerset England, the last Thursday in October is Punky Night. The villagers carve Jack-o-Lanterns out of a large variety of beet and parade through the town with them or bring them to a competition in the town hall. The Punky Night festivities are thought to go back at least 250 years, to a time before Americans began carving Jack-o-Lanterns from pumpkins.

Found out more about this old Somerset custom here

http://www.wyrdwords.vispa.com/halloween/punky/index.html

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