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The world hasn’t ended, so there is no better time to celebrate the ancient Mayan culture than the present. The 2012 Mayan Culture Festival - El Tiempo marks the conclusion of the Mayan Calendar as it restarts its cycle of 1,872,000 days (5125.36 years). El Tiempo will take place Dec. 14th through Dec. 22 at various historical sites throughout the Yucatan.
Saul Ancona Salazar, secretary of tourism promotion, is generating excitement for the event with the announcement of the festival’s scheduled activities. Sound and light shows will be held in Uxmal, Izamal and at the Mayan World Merida Museum. The INAH National Anthropology Institute will plan visits to 22 archaeological sites to commemorate Mayan history. A string of academic speakers, book presentations, lectures and symposiums are scheduled. Catering to art appreciators, a series of concerts, film festivals and exhibitions will be held. Parks in the cities of Merida, Kanasin, Motul, Tekax and Progreso will spring to life with their own festivals. A unique program will be held in the historical towns of Valladolid and Izamal.