Asian Studies Outreach Program
A Thai Jack-o'-Lantern
Visiting Scholara Nattida and Nina added Thai elements to the American Holiday
- By Jacqueline Drouin
The carving of pumpkins in the United States was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween. Since the 1900s, the art of pumpkin carving has evolved from beyond the traditional jack-o-lantern face to include funny, scary, and now even Thai patterns.
Thailand does not celebrate the American version of Halloween, but that doesn't mean that the Visiting Scholars from Thailand had difficulties in carving pumpkins or coming up with creative ideas. Visiting Scholar Nattida added a Thai element by carving Thai lines and patterns during her first celebration of the traditional American holiday of Halloween.
In Hinesburg, given the opportunity to partake in the traditional pumpkin carving of the jack-o-lantern, Visiting Scholar Nina also carved pumpkin, intepreting the popular Asian cartoon Doraemon into a Doraemon pumpkin. By the end of the night, the Thai lines carved into the pumpkin and the Doraemon face were lit up for all the trick-o-treaters to see.