The Stonehenge summer solstice celebrations have been canceled, much to the disappointment of many.
English Heritage, a charity that manages hundreds of historic monuments in England, said it was “for the safety and well-being of attendees, volunteers, and staff.” With the coronavirus pandemic imposing a ban on mass gatherings, it’s everyone’s priority to comply to curb virus spread.
It has been a tradition for thousands to visit England’s neolithic Wiltshire monument on Salisbury Plain to witness the summer solstice shine over the historic Stonehenge. The event is usually held around June 21 on the longest day of the year. It’s also one of the rare occasions where the stones are open for public access.
The crowd during last December 2019’s Winter Solstice
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument built about 5,000 years ago. During the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone, an ancient huge unshaped boulder standing isolated outside the Stone Circle. Rays of sunlight are then beautifully channeled into the center of the monument.
For those who have Stonehenge summer solstice on their bucket lists, now is your chance to witness the spectacular event in the comfort of your home.
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