Thousands Gather at Stonehenge for the Solstice

Worshippers and partiers alike flocked to Stonehenge Saturday to celebrate the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. According to British Heritage, 28,000 people celebrated the solstice at Stonehenge on Saturday June 21, up from last year's 20,000. Before dawn, a procession of drummers led by torchlight began to circle the ancient site. The sun rose at 4:36 over the standing stones to great cheers from the crowd. While the site is open to the public throughout the year, chances to actually touch the megaliths are rare, so Druids, Pagans, partiers and the merely curious were happy to have the opportunity to do so on the ancient holy day.

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