Lakewood police amped up patrols in all schools Friday due to chatter about the end-of-the-world possibly happening.
TULUM, Mexico - As the winter solstice approached the Yucatan region, techno music parties sent waves of sound over beaches, minstrels strummed guitars for dining tourists, and life continued as usual for the Mayan people.
The Mayan calendar 'ends' at the solstice at 5:11 a.m. local time on Friday, Dec. 21.
The Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba were teaming with tour buses of vacationers as Mayan guides happily booked private tours.
Julio Tuz recruits visitors for tours. He passed out maps to the Tulum ruins, nearly 1,000 years old.
"Nothing is going to happen," said Tuz. "It's just the dawn of a new era."
He said his Mayan last name in English means "joker."
"Maybe I'll get some tequila," he said with a laugh.
But joking aside, Tuz said he would attend a service in town that was a mix of Mayan and Catholicism. Then he said he would head to work at the ruins.
Meanwhile, at the beach thousands of New Agers and non-conformists from around the world are eager to see what will happen at sunrise, which is about four minutes after the winter solstice.
"I think it is more of a personal thing," for meditation and reflection, said one woman.
Tasso Von Jena, an artist who has lived in Tulum for a decade, said the Mayans were brilliant when it came to counting time.
"They had help from extra terrestrials," Von Jena said. "Maybe we will see the space ship and maybe it will be the end of the material world."
As the winter solstice approached the Yucatan region, techno music parties sent waves of sound over beaches, minstrels strummed guitars for dining tourists, and life continued as usual for the Mayan people.
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 is the date that the 5,000-year-old Mayan calendar ends. Some say that this means the Mayans predicted the end of the world.
Thirsty Dog Brewing has come up with an end-of-the-world beer called Mayan Last Dog.
A planetary kin circle features dozens of new-agers gathering to reflect on 2012 and look ahead to 2013 as part of a week-long ¨Galactic Festival¨ taking place on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
If the end is coming, why not go out with a bang?
It's December 21 st . A loud bang outside startles you, and you jump out of bed. You run to the window to see people running around in the neighbor's yard. You think, "Is this Mayan calendar stuff legit?"
If you think the world may end on Dec. 21, NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson's forecast may be right on target.