People participate in a ceremony marking the end of a Mayan calendar cycle held by Mayan sages on the beach in Bacuranao, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The ceremony in Bacuranao took pl

 

              People participate in a ceremony marking the end of a Mayan calendar cycle held by Mayan sages on the beach in Bacuranao, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The ceremony in Bacuranao took pl
People participate in a ceremony marking the end of a Mayan calendar cycle held by Mayan sages on the beach in Bacuranao, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The ceremony in Bacuranao took place two weeks before Dec. 21, 2012, when a more than 5,000-year period of the Mayan calendar ends. "The 21st is for giving thanks and gratitude and the 22nd welcomes the new cycle, a new dawn," said Mayan Sage Pedro Celestino Yac Noj. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)