Archive for August 1st, 2012
Guatemala’s rainy season is roughly from May 15—Oct. 15 with a break in July/August called the canícula. Beginning with the cabañuelas (the first 12 days of the year – each day representing the weather for that month), predictions are made as to when the canícula will fall. According to the Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, [...]
Recent data reveals that at least 28 percent of Guatemalans suffer from some kind of mental disorder during their lifetime… Only 0.9% of the Guatemala’s health budget is dedicated to mental health… there are 0.57 psychiatrists and 0.35 psychologists per 100,000 residents.
August is upon us, and with any heavenly luck, so is a dry spell in the otherwise rainy season. In her column this month, Antigua historian Elizabeth Bell explains the timing and origins of the canícula, as well as its ties to Sirius (the dog star) and the dog days of summer. Our featured article [...]