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  • There was this cartoon about a pumpkin...who was called Jack O lantern, which I had seen as a very young girl. If you get too curious, its on youtube ;)

    Totally fascinated by the ritual of pumpkin carving, obviously unaware as a young Muslim girl of why and what it symbolises. The only thing I remember was, we were not allowed to be part of the whole carving thing, because it was not a 'Muslim Festival'. I felt it was a bit unfair to not be able to enjoy a 'FESTIVAL'!

    To me when someone says that word, I generally connect it to happiness, happy things and so on. When told that we dont celebrate it then I wonder what are we not celebrating...the festival...or being happy ?! the ritual ? or the story behind the ritual?

    BUT at the end of the day, a pumpkin is made to smile and gets all carved up and lit to spread light.

    How can this be allowed or not allowed?!

    What are we really holding on to ?! Why are we not letting go of the baggages and enjoy just celebrating a festival for what it is today?

    Obviously, a billion people will wonder if I have googled the right info about what this whole pumpkin carving symbolises.

    So to all those smart people, my answer is 'NO' I havent. Im just not interested what it means to the rest of the world and what it symbolises...because what matters in my little world is that by painting a pumpkin, my intention is not to harm, ridicule or segregate myself from a religion...Im just painting a pumpkin because I feel it's a beautiful form art.

    I feel when painting it, Im part of a festival of happiness, scarrrrryyy Halloween but fun and creepy :P

    A bit far fetch for most, but to me painting a smile on a pumpkin makes me smile...and today that's a gift Im giving my self. (To see more pictures of my pumpkin and friends, please visit my fb page:
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