Stonehenge Revellers Bring in the Winter Solstice

By Reuters
December 23, 2021 Updated: December 23, 2021

Revellers gathered at Britain’s Stonehenge in the English county of Wiltshire on Wednesday to bring in the winter solstice.

People, many wrapped in blankets and cloaks, stood inside the stone circle of the neolithic monument, singing as the sun rose.

Cheers erupted, followed by singing and dancing around the prehistoric stones.

The visitors traveled to the prehistoric monument, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of London, to celebrate the return of longer days after the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The annual event marks the point when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun.

The stone circle, believed to be 4,500 years old, is a World Heritage site known for its alignment with the movements of the sun.

The Associated Press contributed to this report