Gallery: Mayan Apocalypse Day

HONDURAS: Performers dressed as animals celebrate the end of the Mayan 'Long Count' Calendar in the Mayan ruins of Copan. 21 December 2012 coincides with the winter solstice. Some believed today would bring the apocalypse; others say it is merely the dawn of a new era

HONDURAS: Performers dressed as animals celebrate the end of the Mayan ‘Long Count’ Calendar in the Mayan ruins of Copan. 21 December 2012 coincides with the winter solstice. Some believed today would bring the apocalypse; others say it is merely the dawn of a new era

FRANCE: End of the world believers gather in Bugarach, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, supposedly one of the only places that would be spared the apocalypse. Bugarach’s mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, begged doomsday believers to stay away

FRANCE: End of the world believers gather in Bugarach, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, supposedly one of the only places that would be spared the apocalypse. Bugarach’s mayor, Jean-Pierre Delord, begged doomsday believers to stay away

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BRAZIL: People sleep in tents at Copacabana beach on Brazil's first day of summer: 21 December. Doomsayers hunkered down to await the coming apocalypse but many took a light-hearted view of the world's destruction, laying on stunts and parties to while away the end

BRAZIL: People sleep in tents at Copacabana beach on Brazil’s first day of summer: 21 December. Doomsayers hunkered down to await the coming apocalypse but many took a light-hearted view of the world’s destruction, laying on stunts and parties to while away the end

GUATEMALA: A folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan 'Long Count' Calendar at Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the ancient civilisation

GUATEMALA: A folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan ‘Long Count’ Calendar at Tikal, one of the largest archaeological sites of the ancient civilisation

SERBIA: A tourist talks with a Serbian selling homemade brandy at the foot of Mount Rtanj. Visitors have flocked to the mountain in south-eastern Serbia because its pyramidal shape apparently gives Rtanj 'mystical powers', allowing it to survive the apocalypse

SERBIA: A tourist talks with a Serbian selling homemade brandy at the foot of Mount Rtanj. Visitors have flocked to the mountain in south-eastern Serbia because its pyramidal shape apparently gives Rtanj ‘mystical powers’, allowing it to survive the apocalypse

TAIWAN: University students celebrate their graduation in front of a replica of a Mayan pyramid. The National Museum of Natural Science erected the pyramid outside the museum, and placed a 'digital doomsday countdown clock' on top, in an attempt to reassure the public that 21 December would not be the end of the world

TAIWAN: University students celebrate their graduation in front of a replica of a Mayan pyramid. The National Museum of Natural Science erected the pyramid outside the museum, and placed a ‘digital doomsday countdown clock’ on top, in an attempt to reassure the public that 21 December would not be the end of the world

TURKEY: A tourist looks at doomsday products on sale in Sirince, a village in western Turkey. Some believed Sirince was the only safe haven from the apocalypse because it is where the Virgin Mary is said to have risen to heaven

TURKEY: A tourist looks at doomsday products on sale in Sirince, a village in western Turkey. Some believed Sirince was the only safe haven from the apocalypse because it is where the Virgin Mary is said to have risen to heaven

 

 

 

 

 

 

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