Verano - Invierno

Trip Start May 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 06, 2011

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Discussion about when it is summer and when winter in Guatemala

Flag of Guatemala  , Quetzaltenango,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    I find it worthwhile to mention a discussion that we had here regarding the proper way to refer to the six rainy months May to October. Many call this time of year "invierno" (winter) because of the harsh weather. But other people, and most radio announcers, refer to this time of year as "este verano" (this summer). Maybe we should call June through September "summer" because that is what the people living above the equator are used to in their home countries. So what can it be?

    Astronomically there are just two seasons at any given moment on planet earth: now (May) is spring in northern hemisphere and autumn in southern hemisphere.

    Guatemala is in northern hemisphere, so is spring in Guatemala, and was winter from December. To March and will be summer in June-July-August.

    Nevertheless, culturally, each country or area of the world, has created their own "seasons", due to many factors, in central America these factors were the confusion of the first Spaniards ignoring where in the world they were; and the fact that being in the tropics there's no obvious differences between seasons beyond rains or dry ... so they missed the seasons, calling "invierno/winter" to rains, that in fact was spring-summer; and calling "verano/summer" to dry season which in fact correspond to astronomic fall-winter.

    Now, to increase confusion, we have an advertising new modern season called also "verano", word used by the media and advertisers to semana santa vacations ...

    To avoid being wrong, just call it "estación lluviosa" from May to October; and "estación seca" from November to March ... Guatemala is known for its never-ending- spring or eternal spring season.

    But yeah in Guatemala when it rains, people says it's winter and when it's dry, people say it's summer, but nobody says that it's summer in late December or January in the highlands, and to remove the religious meaning of "Semana Santa" so people won't feel guilty about partying or going to the beach, marketers have sold these holidays as "este verano".
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