Cultural Capital: Maplewood, NJ

Maplewood, New Jersey is home to a rich array of cultural diversity. Within the families of Maplewood, there is a strong sense of values that get passed down from generation to generation. Also, the town in home to many traditions that have been going on for many years. According to the US Census Bureau, 18.5% of the population speaks a language other than English, (American Fact Finder, 2014). Every year a Halloween Parade is held in the center of town. On Halloween, “Village streets close at 3 pm for trick or treating, there is a costume contest will be held between 3 and 4:30 pm with prizes, music and hundreds of your Maplewood neighbors in their Halloween finest!” (Maplewood Village, 2016). People from all over New Jersey love to come and wander around, look at the costumes, participate in the costume contest, and trick or treat. It is a tradition that has been going on for years and will continue for many more.

Maplewood is also home to many different religious institutions, such as churches and synagogues. The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County is a religious and educational fellowship that “seeks to achieve the ethical life without dogma; to develop the highest values in human relationships in ourselves, our families, and our community; and to elicit the best in others, thereby eliciting the best in ourselves,” (Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 2014).


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