Mayan doomsday 2012

According to the ancient Mayan civilisation, December 21, 2012, represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan long count calendar that begins in the year 3114 BC. It is the completion of 5,200 years counted in 13 baak t’uunes, a unit of time. One baak t’uune is equivalent to 144,000 days, or roughly 400 years. Doomsday believers expect a cataclysmic event to occur that day and end the world. 

A bad week for ... , December 23, 2012

Mayan ruins. Photo: AFP

The Mayans

Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 2:02am

Surprise, surprise, 'doomsday' is just a day like any other

Ling Tsang (left) and Kit Wong seal their union with a kiss in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Nora Tam

The sun came out yesterday as most Hongkongers expected. But elsewhere in the world, people were not so certain about seeing the light of day.

22 Dec 2012 - 2:26pm

UN denies selling China doomsday ark tickets

A man looks at a poster for Hollywood disaster movie "2012" at a subway station in Beijing. Photo: AFP

The United Nations has denied distributing tickets for an ark to save people from the apocalypse, it said on a Chinese social networking site on Friday.

21 Dec 2012 - 9:30pm

The Hong Kong couples who tied the knot on Doomsday

This couple chose to get married on the day the world was due to end.

Is it romantic to get married on the day civilisation is supposed to end? Or is the marriage doomed? asked Hong Kong's brides and grooms why they decided to get married on December 21, 2012 - the day many people believed the world would end based on the ancient Mayan prophecy.

21 Dec 2012 - 5:38pm

Feng shui master claims doomsday is actually lucky day

A Lan Kwai Fong reveller dons a gas mask. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Still alive? Have no fear. Even feng shui master James Lee Shing-chak says today is an especially lucky one.

"It is a day with an abundance of sun and rainwater to nourish the earth, which means farmers see it as a good day for yielding harvests, and couples see today as a good day to get married on."

21 Dec 2012 - 3:55am 2 comments

1,000 'Doomsday cult' members arrested on mainland

Mainland police have arrested nearly 1,000 people in the crackdown on a Christian sect that spread doomsday rumours and targeted communist rule, state media said ahead of the supposedly Mayan-foretold apocalypse.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:54am 1 comment

Doomsday unavoidable, say religious leaders

As some Hongkongers await the end of the world today, religious leaders have warned everyone expecting life to carry on as usual that their own doomsday is coming sooner or later.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:55am

Talking points

Revelry in face of annihilation

Treat in store for game fans

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am

Rumours of demise greatly exaggerated

Rumours of demise greatly exaggerated. Photo: AP

If you can read this, so far so good, we seem to have survived yet another apocalypse. Congratulations.

Not that I ever lost any sleep over it, but my concerns about this day were first aroused in December 1989, when I received for my birthday a book about the Mayan prophecies.

21 Dec 2012 - 2:57am

China arrests 1,000 doomsday 'cult' members

A cinema advertises the film <i>2012</i> in Beijing. Photo: AP

China has arrested nearly 1,000 people in a crackdown on a sect that spread doomsday rumours, a day ahead of a supposedly Mayan-foretold apocalypse.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:19pm

Briefs, December 19, 2012

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou pledged not to interfere with freedom of speech or the media, and said he had called on Beijing to release Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. 

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

Survival pod maker says he can't meet demand ahead of doomsday

Yang Zongfu test drives his pod. Photo: Youku screen grab

The Zhejiang inventor whose successful crash test of his survival pod earlier this year made him an internet celebrity says he cannot keep up with demand for the device as December 21 doomsday fears mount.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:11pm

Mainland officials arrest 93 for spreading 'doomsday' rumours

Mainland authorities detained at least 93 people for spreading rumours of an impending apocalypse, most of them members of what officials long branded as a cult, Xinhua reported yesterday.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:15am

Henan slasher suspect Min Yongjun influenced by doomsday rumours

A mother shows a slashed coat hood and a father displays a bloody shirt in explaining how their sons were hurt in a knife attack. Photos: AFP

The man who slashed 23 children with a knife at a rural primary school in Henan on Friday was under the influence of "doomsday" rumours, police said.

Prosecutors in Guangshan county said the suspect was arrested on Sunday on a charge of jeopardising public security and they were checking his mental health after reports he had suffered from epilepsy for 20 years.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:15am 1 comment

China's scientists explain doomsday theories

The magnetic-pole shift will not happen in a single day. Photo: Xinhua

Every few hundred millennia, the earth undergoes a radical change that sees the planet's magnetic poles flip.

17 Dec 2012 - 7:30am 1 comment