Slideshow: Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Style

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, ushers in the official start of summer, occurring when the sun is the farthest north in the sky, directly above the Tropic of Cancer. The exact moment occurs June 21 at 1:16 p.m. EDT.

The occasion attracts thousands of revelers, spiritualists and tourists to Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in the English countryside believed by Druids, a pagan religious order dating back to Celtic Britain, to be the center of spiritualism more than 2,000 years ago.

View the Washington Post‘s slideshow of the annual ritual celebrated at Stonehenge.

 

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