Explaining that the origins of the Dia de los Muertos celebration were with indigenous communities, explained Amirah Orozco, co-director of Dominican University's Ministry en lo Cotidiano program , in an article in the Chicago Tribune/Forest Leaves

"The trinity that happens in the Catholic Church, which is the 31st of October, the 1st and 2nd of November had a lot of similarities with the celebrations of the dead in indigenous communities," she said. 

She further explained that indigenous people managed to combine Catholic traditions with their own so they could celebrate their own heritage and their own culture in their own way while writing their narrative into the narrative of Christianity.