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End of Mayan Calendar Observed Worldwide

People dressed in alien costumes pose for a photo in front of Pic de Bugarach mountain at a small party in the town of Bugarach, France, Dec. 21, 2012.
People dressed in alien costumes pose for a photo in front of Pic de Bugarach mountain at a small party in the town of Bugarach, France, Dec. 21, 2012.
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Around the world Friday, believers, tourists and the curious are observing the end of a major cycle in the 5,125-year-old Mayan Long Count calendar that some predicted would be the end of the world.

Late Thursday, a ceremony was held in northern Guatemala at an ancient Mayan temple marking the end of a period known as the 13th Baktun.

While experts have debunked the notion, some books and films have interpreted the event to mean the apocalypse, or end of days and many places are acknowledging the day.

Early Friday, tourists flocked to the ancient Greek town of Sirince in western Turkey believed to be an area that will be spared the apocalypse.

Students take pictures of themselves in front of a mock pyramid during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan.
Students take pictures of themselves in front of a mock pyramid during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan.
In Taiwan, a countdown to the end of days was held near a replica of a Mayan pyramid.

Events were also held in other Central and South American nations where remnants of the Mayan culture persist.

In India, the rumours of doomsday inspired devotees and tourists to India's holy city of Varanasi to take shelter and offer prayers.

Some spiritualists say the end of Mayan calendar means the dawning of a new beginning for humanity, and December 21st will bring an era love and peace to the world.

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by: NVO from: USA
December 24, 2012 1:38 PM
How UNDAINTY of them to say such a thing, the world ending?

by: Mohsin from: Pakistan
December 22, 2012 5:37 AM
i think they were right and they think an other view its can be performed an other time?no doubt mayans people have a great geometrical and mathematical knowldge abut astrology.

by: Victoria Tuilagi from: NZ
December 22, 2012 3:10 AM
Shame on the mayans, they need to believe in the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ. They're very lucky coz Jesus Christ died for their sins to be cleansed. No one knows when is the end of the world, only when Jesus Christ returns and Judgement day for the people in the world. It says in the Holy Bible that no one knows when the Son of God - Jesus Christ will return. So what you need to do is to believe in Jesus Christ and follow his commandments and principles, then in the end, you will do fine, and live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Forever. So you Mayans should start believing in Jesus Christ and have Faith in Him.
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by: Pacha Chul from: Jerusalam
December 23, 2012 5:24 AM
Mayans are dead. They are unable to believe in a dead Jew's well intended teachings. And no one has gone to the other side, had a conference with dead Jesus, and came back with a report about what happens after death. If its a matter of Faith, my faith is unbelievably weak.

by: rgw46 from: usa
December 21, 2012 6:22 PM
aliens>> wish yhey would come..shake up the idiots..

by: john orourke from: sligo ireland
December 21, 2012 6:13 PM
Amazing ...coming to end of the 144,000 day cycle of the mayan calendar. It will be a day like any other day come Monday 24th, December. A new start though.

by: Rob Swift from: Great Britain
December 21, 2012 4:53 PM
Mayan civilization conducted ritualistic child sacrifice, built pyramids, and played with (masonic type) black arts. Now long gone (Into their own spirit world) they probably forecast their own destruction.-gone for all time.
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by: Anonymous
December 21, 2012 9:13 PM
you are right ,very right.

by: Rodzzz from: End of the world
December 21, 2012 2:46 PM
New Agers distorting Mayan views by concocting this end of the world rubbish. It makes them look stupid: sorrysods.com

by: hubert from: united kingdom
December 21, 2012 1:25 PM
I do not think that anything will happens to those coward, because in India, its a man society, as we were 100 years ago, worse penalty for them, you bad boy don't do it again, and a little slap on the hand by a magistrate, who possibly was a part of some similar gang when he was young. if it would have happened to an europeans the matter would be different, remember the rape and killing of that young english girl in Goa.

by: MartinSMith from: LA
December 21, 2012 1:13 PM
there are some really hilariously funny things about this maya apocalypse.
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by: luiseallen from: USA
December 26, 2012 1:21 AM
Bfore you heat your home by burning $100 bills, adopt a wait-and-see attitude. The fact is that individuals have been forecasting the end of the planet since the beginning of the world. And none of them have been correct so far. Here is a survey of some relatively recent end-of-the-world predictions that fell short.<a title="Use pay day loans to save money" href="http://personalmoneynetwork.com/moneyblog/2012/12/20/doomsday-predictions/">Read more here...</a>

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