London: The End of the 13th Baktun is being marked with doodle on a Google homepage in United Kingdom.
End of the 13th Baktun mean that the “End of the Mayan Calendar” as many people across the world have interpret it as a sign of the “End of the World”.
What is Baktun?
A baktun is 20 katun cycles of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. It contains 144,000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years. The Classic period of Maya civilization occurred during the 8th and 9th Baktuns of the current calendrical cycle.
The current 14th baktun started on 126.96.36.199.0 — December 21, 2012 using the GMT correlation.
J. Eric S. Thompson stated that when a Long Count of 188.8.131.52.0 is placed in the 9th Baktun, the result is erroneous, such as placing the year 2009 in the 2nd millennium. However, that practice is so well established among Maya epigraphers and other students of the Maya that to change it would cause more harm than its perpetuation.