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12/21/12 the End of Days? Throw an Apocalypse Party

The Mayan calendar ends on Winter Solstice, but scientists say Earth has some years left in her.

There are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012. That's when a 5,125-year period known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close.

Dec. 21, 2012, essentially is the end of a cycle, like when you change the calendar in your kitchen on Jan. 1. But for those who take the most dramatic interpretation of the day, it has spurred fears of apocalypse, solar storms, meteors, polar realignments, UFOs and other doomsday predictions.

While conspiracy theorists are stocking up on supplies and survival gear and true believers are panicking, most will recognize that the day is Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year.

And some have found a way embrace the day and whatever it may bring by throwing an End of the World Party.

The website Doomsday Party 2012 is advocating for a worldwide celebration extravaganza in case Dec. 21 really is the End of Days. Among the advice on the website: only invite people to your apocalyptic event who can help you fight off rioters and zombies. Good soundtrack options include R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", Europe's "The Final Countdown", and Bad Religion's "Los Angeles Is Burning".

Cruise ships are destined for the Yucatan Peninsula, the Mayan region of Mexico. There, the Museo Maya de Cancun opened earlier this year and the Mexican government declared it Mundo Maya 2012, which melds education about the culture and tourism.

Of course, not everyone is ready to party. In Russia, the women incarcerated at a prison near the Chinese border grew so hysterical with fear that the nation's minister of emergency situations issued a statement reassuring the country that the world wasn't ending. There's even a live countdown until the appointed hour, 12-21-12 at 11:11 UTC—which is 8 hours ahead of West Coast time.

NASA published scientific explanations to diffuse the Mayan Calendar theory and other possible causes End of Days. For example, scientists say giant solar storms are not a threat. Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years, according to NASA.

What are your thoughts on 12-21-12? Do you have survival gear ready? Or are you planning an apocalyptic End of the World party? Tell us in comments.

ANALILY PARK December 21, 2012 at 06:23 AM
In Guatemala, Central America, region where the Mayan World, Religion and Commerce were based has been a week of rituals throughout the country. Cultural and Religious activities had been planned for more than 6 months for each one of the Mayan Capitals, including Mayan Ball Games, Prayers to each one of the Mayan Gods, Readings of the Popol Vuh or Mayan Sacred Book and many other folkloric fun traditions like the Waxed Trunk. It's really curious to read in many places that the Mayans come from Mexico, history tells us that Chiapas, Tabasco + Quintana Roo used to belong to Guatemala and that's why you can find Mayan Ruins throughout these regions. Aztecs settled in the rest of Mexico and the Mayans reigned around the Guatemalan country, building different kingdoms or captainships, along the Pacific Coast as well as the north, creating a commerce corridor for Central America. For the Mayan's Long Count Calendar, life does not end tomorrow @ 4:30 a.m. but it's the beginning of a new Era. A new Era where Man finds equilibrium and respect with Nature, "the Era of the landing of the Lord of Light". Whatever interpretation one would like to pick, it is believed that the Mayans had the utmost respect for the nature + its elements to the point of having a God for each.
Sam Burgess December 21, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Who do I sue???? The world remains as it was and I'm still here!!!
Bad Kitty No Milk Tonight December 21, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Gonna watch "2012" tonight, man if that isn't the funniest dam movie ever !

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