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Stonehenge Solstice Celebrations

Broadly speaking, summer solstice -- the longest day of the year, in the northern hemisphere, at least -- is a time to celebrate the arrival of warm weather; the impending harvest; and -- for some -- the birds and the bees. Perhaps more than any other place on earth, summer solstice is associated with Stonehenge and Druids.

I don't know if the all people who celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge today are Druids -- they look a lot the hippies I went to college with -- but their celebrations look like fun. Generally speaking, they feature a lot of dancing and singing and didgeridoo'ing and jumping around. There's some standing around, too, waiting for the sun to rise. It looks something like this:
But it also looks somewhat more peaceful, serene -- and even mystical. Here's a two-part series showing the celebrations. This is probably more what I had in mind when I think "summer solstice" and "Stonehenge." Part I:
Part II:
Thee guys are definitely NOT Druids -- or hippies:

This happens, too -- but I don't know why the revelers need to be naked:
If you put the right kind of music on, the celebration seems more mystical:

I'm not sure how "mystical" the event is, though:
In the end, a lot of people show up -- including King Arthur!

Filed under: Arts and Culture, History, Festivals and Events, United Kingdom, Video

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