It was a sleepless night for midsummer night’s dreamers in the UK, as thousands flocked to Stonehenge to mark this year’s summer solstice.
According to police up to 23,000 people made the trip to Wiltshire see the sunrise on the longest day of the year, down from around 36,000 last year.
In astronomical terms it marks the day when the planet is most tilted towards the sun. The stones were constructed so that the falls in the middle of them just one day a year.
Today is the Summer Solstice- Happy First Day of Summer! Its All About the Sun’s Angle. Diagram: http://t.co/1tULErQ89h— Thomas Iwinski (@Dopplertom) June 21, 2014
“Fantastic, just caught it (the sun) between the stones, brilliant,” said one reveller, adding,”(I) couldn’t have asked for more really, beautiful night, it’s been great.”
“Pretty spectacular,” said another, “it’s one of the best sunrises that I have seen in a long while.”
Summer solstice at Stonehenge was magic🌙🌞 pic.twitter.com/YoJ8AdsydL— ☮ Chloë-Marie ☮ (@chloemusicmarie) June 21, 2015
Stonehenge is believed to have been used as a religious sites by Britons 4,000 years ago, it was not until the 20th century that Pagan festivities began to be held at the neolithic ground.