Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Categories: Europe | Holidays and Festivals

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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Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge Source: The Guardian

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

The participants of the festivities gather in Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

People watch the sunrise on the shortest day of the year. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Despite the cloud cover and rain promised by the forecast, a rather impressive crowd gathered at Stonehenge. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

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

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

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

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

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

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Musical instruments are used. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Ritual dances. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

And kisses with stones. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Shakti Sings Choir sings life-affirming songs about the Earth. Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Children play musical instruments. Photo: Natasha Quarmby / REX / Shutterstock

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

The exact time of the solstice this year is 10:44 GMT. Photo: Ben Birchall / PA

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Photo: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Druids, pagans and ritual dances: how is the Winter solstice at Stonehenge

Photo: Natasha Quarmby / REX / Shutterstock

Keywords: Rite | Solstice | Stonehenge

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