Article Photos: Mayan prophecy sparks dread, celebration worldwide 2/7

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2011 file photo, Mayan priests pray during a ceremony marking the Mayan solar new year in Guatemala City. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. The Maya didn't say much about what would happen next, but into that void have rushed occult writers, bloggers and New Age visionaries foreseeing all manner of monumental change. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)