At least that's how some people have interpreted the fact that when the Mesoamerican civilization conceived their Long Count calendar more than 5,000 years ago, it happens to end on Dec. 21, 2012.
On the other hand, some people think the end of the Maya calendar simply refers to the coming of a major global or physical transformation to start the "new era."
Whichever your belief, don't find yourself stuck in a recliner at home when the big day comes. Instead, you could take advantage of one of the many hotels that are marking the date with special Mayan-themed deals and packages.
Several hotels across the country, including Hotel Maya in Long Beach, are offering events to help guests check off those Bucket List items.
The chic Long Beach waterfront hotel, which already embraces the Mayan culture with its name, will host a free daylong party titled "End of the World" beginning at 9 a.m. Friday.
The hotel, located at 700 Queensway Drive near the Queen Mary, will also be concluding its yearlong "The Year to Go Mayan" sweepstakes that offers guests a chance to win free weekend stays as well as a grand prize trip to the heart of Maya country in Yucatan, Mexico.
The party will offer raffle experiences including skydiving, paddle-boarding and sailing lesson certificates, among others to be drawn throughout the day.
In addition, a henna tattoo artist will provide free tattoos. A photo booth featuring locations around the world will provide guests with free photos of where they most want to spend their last days.
Hotel Maya's "End of the World" celebration will also feature authentic Mayan entertainment, Latin-inspired food and an authentic Mayan Chocolate Station, along with a variety of Latin appetizers, guacamole specials, house-made chips and salsas, and apocalyptic-themed drink specials including Mayan Mimosas, Bloody Marias and more. There will also be live Latin music.
An official Mayan end of the world toast will be held at 3:11 p.m. to observe the official time the Mayans prophesied that the world would end.
"Now's the time to fulfill those lifelong dreams and Hotel Maya is poised to help make it happen," said Hotel Maya General Manager Kristi Allen in a press release. "Our theme all year long has been to `live your life to the fullest' and we want to continue to promote that as the world will surely go on."
Hotel Maya is also offering guests the "End of the World Party" hotel package, when checking in Friday, that includes a waterfront room for two, breakfast for two -- if the world is still around Saturday, of course -- and complimentary two-hour bike rentals, parking and Internet. This "Live Your Life To The Fullest" package starts at $169 per night.
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