Experts and public share their thoughts on Dec 20 and 21

IT SEEMS the whole world is obsessed with the passing of time, perhaps more so this year.

We will be seeing many firsts this month alone. 12.12.12, 20.12.2012, and of course, the ‘dreaded’ 21.12.2012.

We saw many couples tying the knot on 12.12.12, with mass wedding ceremonies being held throughout the country. So, what is the significance of Dec 20 and Dec 21?

The experts’ opinion:

Numerology consultant and TV presenter Sushmeetha Morugan said Dec 20 and Dec 21 were not muhurtha dates (auspicious date for weddings or house warmings).

Sushmeetha explained that when added up (2+0), the date equaled the number two. Two represented the planet moon and connotes a negative number in which to host events.

Party time: Barfly @ Publika will be having an ‘If The World Ends’ party, said Kevin (right).
Party time: Barfly @ Publika will be having an ‘If The World Ends’ party, said Kevin (right).

Also, when read together, 20.12.2012 had both the sun and moon appearing at the same time.

“This is not a good sign because in the natural order of things, we don’t see the sun and moon appearing together. Numerologically, this date has both positive and negative energy,” said Sushmeetha.

As for Dec 21, Sushmeetha said although it was considered unlucky, it merely signified that auspicious events should not take place on this date, and did not mean that it would bring about disasters.

Master numerologist Marinah Ng Wai Leng agreed. In an email interview, Marinah said Dec 20 could be a cause of concern for many.

“From a numerological viewpoint, people should be prepared for any metal-related incident such as car accidents, collapse of buildings or burst pipes because the day would be conquered by the metal element.

“I would not recommend hosting any events on this date,” said Ng.

In her assessment of Dec 21, Ng said she too would not recommend hosting any events on this date.

Birthday boy: Toh turns 25 on 20.12.2012.
Birthday boy: Toh turns 25 on 20.12.2012.

“Just enjoy your own space. If it really is the end of the world, spend it with your family and loved ones,” she said.

Checks with several churches and temples in the Klang Valley revealed that there has not been any mass weddings scheduled for the day, as was seen with Dec 12.

What Malaysians think:

AIA Bhd human resources executive Tan Hui Min said the reason Dec 20 might not be very popular for marriages or big scale events was because of the coming Winter Solstice Festival.

“This year, the festival falls on Dec 21, and because it is an important event for most Chinese families, they will be concentrating on preparing for the day,” she said.

When asked, journalist Terence Toh said he had not even realised that his birthday would fall on the iconic date of 20.12.2012.

Toh, who turns 25 on Dec 20, said, “I will most probably celebrate the day by going out for a nice dinner with some good friends.”

However, this certainly has not stopped some Malaysians from making Dec 20 an unforgettable one.

“I have a client who wants to have a Caesarean section because the date is such a unique number. She wants to do it as a memorable gift for her husband,” said Sushmeetha.

When contacted, a National Registration Department Kuala Lumpur spokesman said some 20 couples had applied to register their marriage on the day.

“Twenty is the maximum number of couples we can register per day and these couples applied for registration,” he said. On 21.12.2012:

As ‘preppers’ around the globe prepare for the day of reckoning, many Malaysians have instead chosen to focus on bigger issues.

News producer Jason Lim said this day should get people thinking about the many problems that humanity will have to tackle in the future.

“Pollution, global warming, and overconsumption of natural resources if not addressed, could lead to a real-life apocalypse for our species,” he said.

Tan said she believed wholeheartedly that the world would not end on Dec 21.

“Two years ago, people started saying that the Mayans predicted the end of the world. Then, the media started to hype up the issue.

“But I think it simply symbolises the last day of the calendar and Dec 22 will be the start of a new calendar,” she said.

There are those, however, who have embraced the notion, albeit with a tongue-in-cheek attitude.

Astrike Sdn Bhd director and Barfly @ Publika owner Kevin Kumar Kandiah said he believed that there was a 50% chance that the world would end on Dec 21.

“People have been talking about doomsday for a very long time. So, we thought why not make an event out of it.

“Which is why we are organising a special ‘If The World Ends’ party at Barfly, where if the world does end, customers won’t have to pay for their drinks,” laughed Kevin.

On a more personal note, he believed that many Malaysians would be too busy to pay attention to all the hype and would most probably be looking forward to the weekend.

Barfly manager Sasiaran Ketheeswaran agreed.

“Although I’ve been keeping up with the end-of-the-world debate, I don’t think we will be seeing any catastrophy on the day,” he said.

“I will most probably treat it as any other day. We won’t be doing anything special to ‘wait’ for the day to come,” said Tan.

“It is important to realise that although the Mayan calendar does come to an end, the Mayans did not state an end for life on Earth. So, let’s be positive about the coming days and look forward to 2013,” said Sushmeeta.

Source: The Star

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