(Photo by Matt Dunham)
Thousands of people swarmed over at the ancient megalith of Stonehenge on
Tuesday to celebrate the dawn of the summer solstice — the longest day of the
More than 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors shouted and
banged drums and tambourines at the Stonehenge circle, a group of giant stones
in the middle of an English field, even though clouds blocked out the sunrise at
4:52 a.m. local time.
They braved heavy rain that fell across the Salisbury Plain, about 80 miles
southwest of London, to mark the day. The solstice predates the Christian
calendar and is a significant occasion for those who are Druids and Pagans,
which are now recognized religions in Britain.
Police say the event was good natured. They made just 20 arrests, most for
minor drug offenses.
Stonehenge was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. It is
one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions, with more than 850,000
visitors a year.
(Informatiom from Larry Miller reported from London )
Today is the summer solstice , the longest day of the year. There are many celebrations all over the world, my favorite is the gathering at Stonehenge, I was there in 2006, I thought I would share a picture of the sunset at Stonehenge
June 21 is the Summer Solstice….and the 1st day of Summer, hope everyone has a wonderful day !!