The Mayan “long count” calendar completed its 5,125-year cycle Friday, but some people believed that the Dec. 21 event would coincide with a global catastrophe.
Dec. 21, 2012 People are silhouetted as the sun rises above the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, in southern England, as access to the site is given to druids, New Age followers and other members of the public on the winter solstice. According to legend, the ancient Mayan long-count calendar that ended at midnight Thursday was to usher in the end of the world. That didn't happen. "This is not the end of the world. This is the beginning of the new world," Star Johnsen-Moser, an American seer, said across the globe at a gathering of hundreds of spiritualists at a convention center in the Yucatan city of Merida, an hour and a half from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. Matt Dunham/AP Buy Photo