The countdown of the last Mayan solar calendar year ending on December 21th, 2012 that, according to the Mayan astronomical tradition, announces the launch of a new era for humanity is on its way. According to the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture website, “The long count is a conception of time as a dead end pathway. It’s a way to infinity. Each cycle of the calendar wheel is a small portion of this route going from one generation to the next one”.

As set on the solar calendar of the ancient Mayan culture, on December 21st, 2011 at 00:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the year 5128 of the fifth sun began , which in turn began August 13th of the year 3114, and according to scientific evidence found on signals, sphinxes and Mayan codices, predicts “a new era” for humanity. According to what the Guatemalan scientist Ivan Azurdia said to EFE, “at 00:00 (06:00 GMT) on December 21th, 2012, the planets on the solar system will be positioned vertically in the darkest part of the plumed serpent mouth Kukulkán called by the Mayans and Quetzalcoatl by the Aztecs), and will be aligned with the sacred sites of the Mayan world.


Although this date is often associated with nonscientific apocalyptic disasters and even the end of the world, Mayan spiritual leaders of Mexico and Guatemala, scientists working on this phenomenon and personnel from the National Administration Space Agency (NASA) have denied these versions providing philosophical perspectives and scientific explanations.

What will happen on December 21st, 2012, Azurdia said, is “an astronomical fact corroborated scientifically from the Western point of view,” which was provided hundreds of years ago by the Mayan astrologers. The scientist, who in recent years has specialized in studying the Mayan calendar, said that this phenomenon, according to the wisdom of indigenous elders, and the explanations contained in the signals and codices of the ancient culture, they predict “a change of time. ”

“This is the change from the quarter to the fifth cycle, which added to the five gives a total of 26,000 years, and once on that date the ‘Platonic year’ for the accuracy of time will be reached ,within some more cycles of immense measurement “said Azurdia.


From a philosophical perspective, he added, the Mayans speak of “rapid change” for the world and humanity, rather than doomsday predictions, and have to do with “an opportunity to awaken to a sacred life.” The Mayans, who achieved significant progress in these areas, in their worldview related both disciplines with a philosophical point of convergence.

To celebrate the beginning of the last year of the fifth sun and the announcement of the new age, spiritual ceremonies will be conducted by Mayan priests in holy places, while the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism will launch a program of activities that aims to harness the phenomenon to attract greater amounts of tourists to the country. In addition to the “long count” calendar, so far the least studied by specialists, the Mayans also had a 260 days sacred or “ritual calendar” , and the “Ab calendar” of 365 days similar to the Western culture Gregorian calendar. On December 21st, 2012, according to the long count calendar, the record will be “ 4 Ajaw 3 Kank’in”. On the 13th of August 3114, when the fifth sun began, the record was “ 4 Ajaw 8 Kumk’u”.