The calendar ticked over on the 21st of December. The end of one era; the start of a new. And perhaps the new will be better:
“This is the ending of an era for the Maya, an era which has been very intense for us, in which we have had suffering and pain,” said Manrique Esquivel, adding “we are praying the wars, the conflicts, the hunger to end.”
Be that as it may, the Mexican government refused to let Mayans hold traditional celebrations in their traditional sites, preferring to open the sites to the massive numbers of tourists drawn by lurid tales of doom which have little or nothing to do with any actual Mayan predictions.