Stonehenge and the Summer Solstice

Stonehenge on June 21, 2010. Picture taken from AP.

While it’s long been speculated what role Stonehenge played in the ancient world, it might be lesser known to some what role the ancient monument plays in the modern era as modern day pagans still flock to the ancient monument every time the Summer Solstice arrives to celebrate.  The Summer Solstice occurs when the Earth’s actual tilt inclines toward the Sun for an instant.  This also marks the longest day of the year.  Throughout many cultures this event has been interpreted as a time for celebration and even fertility.  If you’re a regular visitor to the ancient monument, estimated to have been constructed sometime around 2500 BC, you likely wont be allowed to walk between the ancient stones, you’d have to gaze at the marvel from a distance.

During the solstice, authorities open up the ancient monument and let people get a little closer to the ancient stones for the celebration.  The event is festive and people cheer, dance, and sing.  This year it’s estimated that the event had about 20,000 attendees.  Stonehenge is located in the english county of Wiltshire and while it’s original use still remains a mystery modern day pagans find it to be the perfect spot for celebration of the Solstice.


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