Why Won't the World End on December 21, 2012?

The Mayan Calendar Isn't Ending 1 of 9

Contrary to popular belief, the Mayan calendar doesn't end on December 21, 2012. The calendar is cyclical, and this date only represents the start of a new cycle, or Baktun, as they called it. While they believed this may result in a time of social change or political upheaval, they certianly never predicted that the world was ending simply because it was time to flip the calendar.