Update December 22, 2012 – We are all still here
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Some people interpret the Mayan calendar countdown as building up to the end of the world in 2012. Hondurans near the Copan Ruins, however, are getting ready for a big celebration where thousands of tourists are expected to turn up as the count begins.
“One thing is the interpretation some people make of the Mayan calendar; not only in Honduras, but in neighboring countries as well, and another is the new interest in Copan,” said Tourism Secretariat spokeswoman, Nora Schauer.
“What we’re expecting here in 2012 are thousands of Honduran and foreign tourists on hand to witness the countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar,” Schauer said.
The countdown to the new era is marked today at the Copan Ruins with a cultural event led by President Porfirio Lobo, several of his ministers, diplomats, and experts in Mayan archaeology, Schauer said.
The event, held at the Copan Ruinas archaeological park, is sponsored by the Honduran Tourism Institute, which during 2012 will offer a series of cultural, educational and scientific activities related to the Mayan civilization, existent between 800 A.D. and 800 B.C.
Other activities include conferences and some five new archaeological sites to be opened in Copan, “a region that continues to surprise archaeologists with the cultural riches written in stone that lie hidden in its valleys and mounds”, Schauer said.
Wednesday’s slogan is “Live the end of an era, and start from the new beginning.”