And remember…it is the last repeating-number date of the century, and just possibly holds a bit of magic according to many…
At 12 mins,12 secs after 12 o’ clock on Dec 12th, the time will be 12:12:12,12/12/12 & 12 days before Christmas!
At least that seems to be the thinking of people the world over who have circled the date on their calendars, to walk down the aisle, go to a Bruce Springsteen-Bon Jovi benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims in New York or meditate with the masses for world peace in Auckland, New Zealand.
Concert for Sandy Relief, taking place at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. The lineup is truly star-studded — from Clapton to McCartney via the Stones, the Who and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. It’ll be streaming live on nearly 30 websites, including YouTube, MTV.com and Hulu. There are worse ways to spend an evening, and it’s for a good cause.
(Appropriately for such an event, some wags on social media are calling 12/12/12 “National Soundcheck Day.” That is: “one, two. One, two. One, two.”)
Meanwhile, the collaborative film project One Day on Earth is filming again, following on from its successful 10.10.10 and 11.11.11 events. The creators will take any video you care to upload to the site and edit it into a movie showing life around the globe. (To get an idea of what that looks like, check out the similarly excellent Ridley Scott-produced documentary “Life in a Day” on Netflix streaming.)
If you’re in the mood to get hitched, and you’re anywhere near Fort Myers Beach in Florida, you’re in luck. There you will find an event called “Weddings in Paradise,” which The American Academy of Wedding Professionals apparently dubbed the “wedding event of the century.”
Couples can get married for $250 a head, or $500 each if you want to do it on the stroke of 12:12 p.m. The organizers are at pains to point out that it isn’t a Moonie-style mass wedding; every marriage will be conducted individually. That said, the event is expected to break a world record for most marriages in a single day. If you don’t want to go the whole hog, there’s also a Chinese-style mass lantern release at sunset that should at least make for a great Instagram shot.
12/12/12: Twelve must-know facts about last once-in-a-lifetime date this century.
TWELVE NOTABLE TWELVES
12 months in a year.
12 hours on a clock face.
12 inches in a foot.
12 strikes to bowl a perfect game.
12 people have walked on the moon.
12 face cards in a deck.
12 days of Christmas.
12 apostles of Jesus.
12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
12 jurors in felony trials.
12 signs of the Zodiac.
12 pairs of ribs in most humans.
more Meanings of 12/12/12:
The number certainly holds significance in human existence through the millennia, a fact of which there is indisputable evidence:
Apart from there being 12 hours of day and night, and 12 months in the year in the Roman calendar, there 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 Apostles, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 old testament prophets… you get the idea.
Some say the day symbolizes love, others completeness or fulfillment.
Here are some ways the day is celebrated, dreaded or otherwise acknowledged.
A much-cited survey conducted by US-based David’s Bridal estimated that around 7,500 brides would be getting hitched in America today — a 1,446 percent increase from 12/12/11.
The New York Times wrote that many couples considered it lucky to get married on repetitive dates, with 07-07-07, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 each breaking Las Vegas records.
Unsurprisingly, many of those interviewed about their wedding plans by media outlets said it was an easy date to remember, thus lowering the risk that one member of the couple will forget anniversaries.
Regardless, according to USA Today, several states were preparing for a rush on marriages.
For example, a county clerk’s office in Los Angeles was expanding hours to allow people to apply online for licenses ahead of time; while in Seattle, many same-sex couples opted to say “I do” on 12-12-12 instead of 12-9-12, the first chance they were legally allowed to be married.
However, many doomsdayers believe the date 12/12/12 heralds the end of the world, mainly owing to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar.
More pedantic believers in the end-of-the-world, meantime, are convinced that the actual doomsday is on 12/21/12, when the Mayan calendar is set to end.
More from GLobalPost: Mayan Calendars: Will December 21, 2012 be the end of the world? [INFOGRAPHIC]
To allay fears, NASA will join a panel discussion hosted by the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California and, according to the International Business Times, convey a simple message: Dec. 21 poses no threat to the planet.
Besides which, the White House has already promised us it won’t.
Mathematics fanatics are excited by the sheer number of ways the number 12 can be divided: halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths.
Russia Today points out that this makes 12/12/12 three times more exciting than “a normal ’12’ day.”
The number 12 brings harmony to the yin and yang of Chinese numerology: The number 1 is a yang number ruled by the sun, while 2 is a yin number ruled by the moon, RT wrote.
CNN cited numerology experts as saying 12 — considered a “three” number because the digits add up to three — corresponds with the largest planet, Jupiter (to the sun’s No. 1 and the moon’s No. 2), which means wealth.
“If you’re in a business of trading money, or the buying and selling of anything, tomorrow is a good day to make investments,” Jumaani said Tuesday. “If you want to buy something — property, if you want to buy gold — it’d be a good day.”
(In case you’re wondering, the No. 1 planet is the sun, and the No. 2 planet is the moon.)
Meanwhile, Alabama teen Kiam Moriya will celebrate his 12th birthday on December 12, 2012 at 12.12pm and been written about in media from London to Sydney.