1. Mayan priests in Guatemala welcome the new 5,000-year celestial period with calm prayer. Moises Castillo / AP Photo taken Dec. 19, 2012. 2. A group of people in China have been building an ark for the last month, expecting a global flood. ANPF-Chen Jiansheng / AP Photo taken Nov. 24, 2012. 3. Thousands flock to St. John Church in Sirince, Turkey. Osman Orsal / Reuters Photo taken on Dec. 20, 2012. 4. In Mexico, a theme park keeps on performing. Israel Leal / AP Photo taken on Dec. 19, 2012. 5. In France, the government investigates apocalyptic sect activity and ritualized suicides. Patrick Aventurier / Getty Images Photo taken on Dec. 20, 2012. 6. A man in a Belgrade Cafe checks his "Before Doomsday" cell phone app. Darko Vojinovic / AP Photo taken Dec. 20, 2012. 7. Bolivians celebrate the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Gaston Brito / Reuters Photo taken on Dec. 16, 2012. 8. In Utah, preppers expect the worst. Jim Urquhart / Reuters Picture taken Dec. 14, 2012. 9. Guatemalan dancers perform a purification ritual. ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP / Getty Images Photo taken Dec. 18, 2012. 10. Cubans welcomed the end of the 5,000-year cycle last week. Ramon Espinosa / AP Photo taken Dec. 6, 2012. 11. A farmer in China built "a survival pod" to ride out disaster. Ed Jones/AFP / Getty Images Photo taken on Dec. 11, 2012. 12. An artist in Italy sculpts three giant horns for good luck. CARLO HERMANN/AFP / Getty Images Photo taken Dec. 15, 2012. 13. Members of the Ukrainian Internet Party hand out survival supplies dressed like Star Wars characters. SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP / Getty Images Photo taken Dec. 20, 2012. 14. In England, an old man goes for a stroll. Matt Dunham / AP Photo taken Dec. 20, 2012.