UK: Pagans welcome winter solstice at Stonehenge

Hundreds of pagans, druids and revellers descended on Stonehenge in Wiltshire on Friday morning to celebrate the annual Winter Solstice — the shortest day of the year. Worshippers garbed in red flocked to the ring of ancient stones, where they sang mystic chants, danced and welcomed in the coming of longer days with drumming. The celebration takes place after the longest night of the year... Еще, looking ahead to the start of spring. The tradition was started by druids thousands of years ago and to this day thousands of people from all around the world are drawn to the stones on solstice morning. Stonehenge is a prehistoric oddity made up of standing stones, each measuring around 13ft (four metres) in height. The winter solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted furthest — 23.5 degrees away from the sun.

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