End of the World? We Are Still Here

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM EDT

By WKBW News

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Thousands of people are celebrating the end of the Mayan calendar. But many are heading in this winter solstice with some anxiety.

Worried about the so called "Mayan Apocalypse" or what some people call, "the End of the World". Dr. Phillips Stevens a Professor of Anthropology at UB says it all starts with understanding the Mayan calendar.

It was a cycle that lasted 5,125 years. And as Dr. Stevens says, "It's a new beginning contrary to what many believe."

Nevertheless some people are still preparing for disaster. Dr. Stevens says this is not what the Mayans intended.

And although some people pegged this exact day and even a time to the end of the world, Dr. Stevens says the Mayan calendar varies.

Although there may be fear and negativity surrounding this day. Dr. Stevens says, "According to the Mayans, it is more of a rebirth."

So with these conflicting beliefs, the question remains, is there anything to worry about on this winter solstice?

"Well if you work 9 to 5 you may be worried about getting your Christmas shopping done. That's all I'm going to be worried about," said Stevens.