Thousands Descend on Stonehenge to Mark Winter Solstice 

Thousands of people have descended on Britain’s Stonehenge to see the sunrise on the Winter Solstice

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People gather at Stonehenge England to celebrate the Winter Solstice. (Photo: AP)

Thousands of people — including many in druid and animal costumes — have descended on Britain’s Stonehenge to see the sunrise on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Some 5,000 people traveled to the prehistoric monument before dawn to celebrate the annual event, which marks the point when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun. After Tuesday, the hours of daylight become longer, symbolising the return of hope.

A person wearing a unicorn head joins others as people gather to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge in England (Photo: AP)
A person wearing a unicorn head joins others as people gather to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge in England (Photo: AP)

This year’s solstice took place on a particularly mild winter’s day, with temperatures Tuesday in London as warm as 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit).

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

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