Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge
Categories: Europe | Holidays and FestivalsBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/druids-pagans-and-ritual-dances-how-is-the-winter-solstice-at-stonehenge
December 21 — the day of the winter solstice — falls on the shortest day and the longest night of the year. This astronomical event has been associated with many cultural myths and traditions since ancient times. Most peoples on this day organized holidays, meetings, rituals and other celebrations. Modern druids, pagans and just curious are still going to watch the sunrise on the shortest day of the year at Stonehenge - one of the most mysterious archaeological sites on earth.
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Source: The Guardian
The participants of the festivities gather in Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA
People watch the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA
Despite the cloud cover and rain promised by the forecast, a rather impressive crowd gathered at Stonehenge. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images
The annual astronomical event marks the maximum angle of inclination of the earth's axis relative to the Sun. During the solstice it is 23° 26'. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA
In the pagan calendar, the winter solstice is considered more important than the summer solstice, since it is at this moment that the sun is "reborn" for the next year. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images
Nevertheless, modern ceremonies in honor of the winter solstice are usually quieter and calmer than in honor of the summer solstice. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images
Musical instruments are used. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA
Ritual dances. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images
And kisses with stones. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA
Shakti Sings Choir sings life-affirming songs about the Earth. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images
Children play musical instruments. Photo: Natasha Quarmby / REX / Shutterstock
The exact time of the solstice this year is 10:44 GMT. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA
Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images
Photo: Natasha Quarmby / REX / Shutterstock
Keywords: Rite | Solstice | Stonehenge
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