Long before pumpkins were ever used at Halloween there was the turnip lantern, a tradition that started in Europe. Carved out turnips faces were used to represent the dead at Samhain, Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and Trauliicht gët Gebrannt
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In the evening of the last day of the Japanese Buddhist festival of Obon, where the spirits of ancestors are said to visit, waterways are illuminated by hundreds of floating paper lanterns that are cast off down the rivers to bid farewell to the spiritual visitors as they head back to the realms of the dead.
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