slideshow – Crowds flock to this megalithic monument ten miles north of Salisbury each year to watch the sun rise behind the site’s famous Heel Stone.
The sun is late, but when it appears, faces light up: clamor and arms rise among the thousand-year-old stones at the English site of Stonehenge at the summer solstice.
At 4:49 a.m. (3:49 a.m. GMT), sunrise on Tuesday, June 21, the longest day of the year, the star is just shy in a hazy sky like the minds of many revelers who spent the night in the spot.
The event brought together a total of 6,000 people for sunset and sunrise Tuesday – according to the site manager and police – in the first major summer celebration at Stonehenge since the pandemic began.
Constructed about 4,500 years ago, the famous megaliths align with the sun’s axis during the summer and winter solstices. “Maybe we’ll see him around ten in the morning.” Jade Tetlon, who first came to Stonehenge from Leicester in central England, jokes with a friend.
Surrounded by the rhythms of flute and drum, bird song and sheep bleating, as well as the rumble of trucks on the highway not too far away, the 35-year-old finds herself immersed in the unique atmosphere of the place. Floating in the air is a mixture of incense and grass smells despite the ban imposed at the entrance to the site.
yoga in toga
But at 5:08 a.m. the sun finally came out of the mist, greeted with whistling and cheering, but also a massive lift of cell phones. Facing the star, two ladies, garlands of artificial flowers in their hair, open and close their arms to welcome “new energy” Summer Sun,” says one, Joanna Wilma.
A little later, a group, which includes a handful of men in togas, is doing yoga facing the sun. Members of another group, wearing headphones, hold hands in concentric circles with slight sway before hugging each other in pairs, moving and smiling.
Stonehenge is “The world’s most architecturally complex prehistoric stone circle”, According to UNESCO, which declared it a World Heritage Site in 1986. On the seventeenthe Century emerged the theory, since it has been rejected by historians, that Stonehenge was built by the Druids.
Thus New Age priests remain very present and celebrate the winter solstice and equinox on the site. During a ceremony before sunrise, “Chief of Stonehenge,” Rollo Moofling, cast peace incantations at the Four Cardinal Points, invocations to the sun and earth, which were taken up in the choir by the aid. But there are also spells to release the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, in Peace between Russia and Ukraine at the end of global warming.
“People seem very respectful when we do our celebrations,” He explains, noting that many newcomers sometimes defy the ban on climbing stones that, he asserts, have resisted for millennia. The curator of the site, Heather Sapir, notes that despite the stones’ size, the memorial is there “crisp”. “There are a lot of things you can’t see with the naked eye,” She explained.
Among the many visitors, some make “They almost celebrate themselves”, indicate, “It is almost a place of worship for them”. To the point of provoking scenes of hugging and communicating with the stone.
According to local police, this summer’s summer solstice at Stonehenge resulted in only two arrests, for assault and a drug case. However, the site’s history has known a turbulent past. 1Verse June 1985, riot police intervened to stop a “Freedom Caravan” In protest of an exclusion zone set up to protect the site.
After these events resulted in many casualties, with 400 people arrested, it took fifteen years for the site to be reached again for the solstice.