Scientists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico assumed that the shift of Mayan calendar cycles can be expected until Sunday, December 23, due to inaccurate synchronization with the Western calendar.
On Friday, December 21, contrary to the expectations of millions of people around the world, doomsday did not come. Meanwhile, the countries of Central and South America celebrated the date December 21 with festive events.
Thus, travel fever has overwhelmed several countries in the region, including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Peru.
It is worth noting that the "doomsday" came on the winter solstice: December 21 has the shortest daylight hours of the year. And in ancient times Solstice in many nations was considered a lucky day. Thus, in ancient Rus on December 21 the new year was celebrated, while in China it was believed that on this day the nature was beginning to wake up. In Europe, the cycle of pagan holidays began on the winter solstice. In the East December 20 and 21 is a day of Mithras, the god that in the Iranian culture represents justice.
And the early Slavs associated winter solstice with the god of death – Karachun. It was believed that on the shortest day of the year, he wakes up and takes away the sunshine.