How to Party Like it's the End of the World
Filed under: Weird & Wonderful
The end is nigh, or is it?
Ask a Mayan about Friday, December 21, 2012 being the end of the world and they'll most likely laugh it off. They may even tell you that it's an example of marketing at its very best.
Still, that hasn't stopped visitors from flocking to Mexico to witness doomsday in person. Mexico expects to receive 52 million tourists as result, and estimates to take
in $19.5 million in profits.
It's not just hotels and tourism boards that are cashing in from the doomsday paranoia. Businesses that supply survival essentials are enjoying the financial benefits, too. It's hard not to want to service the needs of customers who are willing to spend between $130,000 to over $500,000 on ensuring their survival in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
In any event, who doesn't love an excuse to party? Here are some inexpensive ways to party like it's the end of the world, as we know it.
1. Cuddle Party
According to the organizers a cuddle party isn't just an ordinary party – it's a movement! Hey, no funny business is aloud here. There are some strict rules to abide by, for instance you have to receive a verbal yes to cuddle someone. So far the Canadian headquarters for the cuddle party is in Calgary and admission is $25 for singles and $40 for couples.
2. Go to a concert
It just may be your last chance to cut a rug so you might as well go celebrate Mayan style. If you're headed to Mexico chances are you'll check out one of the two government-sponsored concerts located in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula. If not, maybe you're local bar will host an "End of the World" concert.
3. Head to church
This is what the Mayans will be doing as they will be praying and holding traditional ceremonies at home. You may want to reserve your space at the chapel as many churches are anticipating full houses, as people will have to pray more than usual.
4. Sing your way to the end of the world
Making a joyful noise at the end of the world is an inexpensive and fun way to celebrate. If you're tone-deaf maybe you'll come back as a rock star in your next life.
5. The last supper
Considering a meal on this day or night just might be your last, fill your belly until your heart's content. Whatever you do don't go it alone. Invite some friends and make it a potluck last supper.
6. Be the hostess with the mostess for less
You don't have to liquidate your bank account to throw a memorable doomsday party. You'll need the cash when life does carry on. Grab delicious stress-free hors d'oeuvres, entrees and desserts from stores like M&M Meat Shops. Also try performing a tarot card reading yourself; you and your guest will be sure to have a good laugh.
7. Rent a great movie
Whether you're a cinefile or a homebody there a numerous films that are perfect for the occasion. Here's a list of the top 10 best end of the world movies according to IMBD.