Monday, June 21, 2010

First Day of Summer: How the ancients celebrated the solstice

Introduction

Stonehenge is best-known, but not only, place to fete the sun.

At sunrise on the Northern Hemisphere's longest day of the year — the summer solstice thousands of modern-day druids, pagans and partiers gather in the countryside near Salisbury, England, to cheer as the first rays of light stream over a circular arrangement of stones called Stonehenge. The original purpose of the ancient monument remains a source of academic debate. The large stones erected about 4,000 years ago are aligned with the summer solstice sunrise, leading scholars to suggest a link to an ancient sun-worshipping culture.

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