Druids celebrate the summer solstice at Stonehenge


LONDON (AP) — Self-styled Druids, new-agers and thousands of revelers have watched the sun rise above the
ancient stone circle at Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice — the longest day of the year in the
northern hemisphere.
English Heritage, which manages the monument, says some 36,000 sun-watchers gathered on the Salisbury
Plain about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of London on Saturday. Police say the event was peaceful
with only 25 arrests, mainly for drug offenses.
Couples kissed, dancers circled with hoops and revelers took part in a mass yoga practice as part of the
free-form celebrations.
Stonehenge was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. and its purpose is remains under
study. An icon of Britain, it remains one of its most popular tourist attractions.

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