The countdown to the 'apocalypse' has started and the world is getting ready to embrace the end of an era. According to some interpretations, the Mayan calendar predicts the end of humanity on December 21. As the day approaches, a number of events and parties are being held to commemorate this date.
The "New Dawn for Humanity" summit is taking place in Tikal, one of the main Mayan archeological sites. ©worldswildlifewonders/Shuttertsock.com
The Mayan civilization (which flourished between 300 AD to 900 AD) predicted a final event which included a solar shift as well as several earthquakes. According to some interpretations this is supposed to take place on December 21. Some archeologists have contested this prediction, citing instead a transformation and a new era.