Tourists flock to Guatemala for Dec. 21

A view of Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala. (QMI Agency)

A view of Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala. (QMI Agency)

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The Mayan city of Tikal is getting ready to mark the start of a new era for humanity on Dec. 21 according to Mayan cosmology.

The Guatemalan National Tourism Institutereports that 95% of the hotel rooms in the Mayan city of Tikal are booked for the evening of Dec. 21, the day when the Mayan calendars end.

According to the Maya calendar, a new cycle for humanity of 5,200 years called B'aktun 13 starts on Dec. 21.

The government of Guatemala is organizing the world summit "New dawn for humanity" in Tikal, one of the main cities in the ancient Mayan world. The event will take place on Dec. 20 and 21 and aims to attract the "most creative minds" in the world to welcome the new era.

According to Guatemala's daily El Periodico, the government has invited British singer Elton John, as well as members of the Irish rock band U2, Canadian singer Neil Young and the Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, among others.


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