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West Hollywood to celebrate the "End of the World" on Dec. 21

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The end is near. At least the end of the ancient Mayan Calendar, which cuts off at 9:12 pm on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. To mark the occasion, several local businesses in West Hollywood will celebrate the "End of the World" with a special evening of promotions.

West Hollywood joins countless other cities in the Western hemisphere in celebrating the end of the Mayan calendar including Guatemala City, Guatemala.

"This falls in the category of 'only in West Hollywood,'" Councilmember John Duran said. "Whether Dec. 21st marks the end of the world, the beginning of new human consciousness or just another Friday night – West Hollywood is always there for a cheeky moment and a reason to celebrate."

The Mayan Long Count calendar is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns. Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

Thirteen was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone. Some say the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar predicts Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 as an event of spiritual and transformational change, and the kick-off of a new era on Earth. Others interpret the date to be the end of the world.

Participating businesses include the Abbey Food & Bar, Block Party WeHo, Eleven Nightclub, Fiesta Cantina, Mickey’s West Hollywood, Revolver Video Bar and Yogurt Stop.

The event is co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Visit West Hollywood.

Most participating businesses are located along Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson and La Cienega.

For more information, click HERE or call 323-848-6460.