Wednesday, December 21, 2011

One Year Away from Doomsday

According to the Mayan calendar, the last day will be December 21, 2012 and, needless to say, it is being hyped. The Mexico tourism agency is forecasting a record 52 million tourist to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. During an average year, there are 22 million visitors.

There has been a great debate on whether or not the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012. Some believe it will while others say that the Mayan calendar will simply start over.

In either case, people are cashing in on the Mayan prediction. Books, movies and television programs fuel the notion that the world will come to an end. At an archaeological site near Izapa, Mayan priests will be burning incense, chanting and offering prayers. In Chiapas, the town of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border will start a countdown clock today to mark the march to the last day. An 8-foot digital clock, will be displayed in the town's main park.

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