I thought this was odd. I wonder if Ukrainians leave pumpkins at the houses of defeated candidates the day after an election?
Fear The Pumpkin: In Ukraine, It's The Big Kiss-Off : NPR
Think jack-o'-lanterns are frightening? Try being a man in Ukraine. Then you'll truly understand what it's like to fear a pumpkin.
For centuries in the Eastern European nation, a pumpkin meant one thing: No, I won't marry you.
An old tradition held that a would-be suitor would visit a woman's house to propose. If the answer was yes, there was family toasting and celebration. If no, the poor guy was silently handed a pumpkin.