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Local Community Leader Shares Love of Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos at Bloomfield Center's Trunk or Treat Credits: John Lee / TapInto Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day (Nov 1). All Saints Day is a traditional Christian minor holiday on which the faithful remember, collectively, family and loved ones who have died.

All Saints Day is marked on the liturgical calendars of the Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic, and other Chrisitan denominations. When the Spanish brought Roman Catholicism to the New World, the tradition took a new turn as it was combined with local traditions. In Mexico, the nation most often associated with Dia de los Muertos, Aztec traditions were included to create what is now a colorful and festive day.

Jenni Preziotti-Gamble, a founder of the Watsessing Park Conservancy, decorated her car at Bloomfield Center Alliance's "Trunk of Treat" to mark the holiday. " We thought it would be fun for the trunk or treat because its so colorful and a tradition that not everyone knows about, explained Preziotti-Gamble. "We traveled to Mexico a few years ago and Asher (her son) got very interested in Mexico's history so before we left we read a lot of books about the cultural."

"At the event we met a few family's that knew right away what we were and asked us to take pictures with them..others who didn't know what we were dressed up as were happy to learn the history and about the celebration." said Preziotti-Gamble. 

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