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Punkie Night

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More...
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Punkie Night
In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky.
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Punky song? I would bet on it that it has something to do with Johnny Rotten. Instead, so innocent connotation.
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Please note that though the "punky" thing is similar to a jack-o-lantern in the US, the business about the men getting drunk and then lost in the fields is not connected to the US, at all.
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Curious tradition. Must feel great.
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Punky Night
Punky (Punkie) Night
Last Thursday in October
In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Some say that the custom originated when parish women made crude vegetable lanterns to guide their husbands home after a long evening at the local pub. October 28 was traditionally the date for the Chiselborough Fair, and it was not uncommon for the men to drink too much and get lost in the fields on their way home.
Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. There is no evidence that the name "punky" came from "pumpkin," but the custom is very similar to what takes place on Halloween in the United States, where carved, candlelit pumpkins are displayed in windows and on doorsteps.
SOURCES:
DictDays-1988, p. 92
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 603
OxYear-1999, p. 394
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.


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Just as the weather begins to grow cooler and the leaves begin to fall, one of the best times of year to be out and about around. Hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, haunted houses and many other unique events all come alive throughout the month of October.
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