World Prepares for Final Days: Predictions and Celebrations

Leaders, states react to Mayan calendar prediction for the end of the world on Friday.
1:53 | 12/20/12

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everyone on the planet is talking about the prediction in that 5,000-year-old mayan calendar. World leaders and scientists scrambled today to say the end of the world is not near. Here's abc's david wright. Reporter: The ancient mayans are now a problem for nasa. The space agency has received so many panics calls about the mayan apocalypse, they put out a video to reassure people. It will be a day just like any other. Reporter: It's surprising how potent this obscure mayan prophesy has turned out to be. The mayans believed TIME ITSELF BEGAN AUGUST 11th, 3114 b.C. Their long count calendar ends on the winter solstice this YEAR, DECEMBER 21st, 2012. Ancient prophecy meets modern anxieties. So, this is it, huh? These backyard bankers cost $100,000 installed. How many of these things are you selling? Last year, it was one a month. Since december, it went to one a day. Reporter: The paranoia is global. Today, russian president vladimir putin weighed in at a press conference. "I know when the world is going to end," he said, claiming the mayans got their calculations wrong. He said the end won't be here for billions of years. Sourcers are now gathering in mexico, headed to mayan ruins. Among them, this please test. We met her performing a ritual with her crystal skulls. She doesn't believe this is doomsday. But rather, the beginning of a brand new era. Perhaps that date, there's a great alignment. A great opportunity. Reporter: One she doesn't want to miss. David wright, abc news.

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