Solstice Shines at Stonehenge

Thousands gather to welcome longest day of the year
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 4:02 PM CDT
Solstice Shines at Stonehenge
Visitors dance to the sound of drums at the ancient Stonehenge monument, background, in South West England, after thousands waited in vain for the Summer Solstice sunrise, Thursday June 21, 2007, as the sun was obscured by clouds.(AP Photo/ Max Nash)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Spiritually inclined crowds converged on Stonehenge this morning to celebrate the summer solstice, greeting the dawn of the longest day of the year with dancing, drumming, and drinking. The mystical monument shone with floodlights and the glow of the rising sun as more than 20,000 druids, pagans, and other revelers frolicked about, some in cloaks and antlers.

"It's not the hajj, but it is 19,000 people in a little circle," said one self-described pagan. Stonehenge was one of many Northern Hemisphere sites where New Age types and party animals gathered. In New York's Times Square, more than 800 granola-munchers welcomed the solstice by doing yoga in the middle of one of the world's busiest intersections. (Read more pagan stories.)

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