Summer solstice 2022 marks the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere

On Tuesday, the longest day of the northern hemisphere year, thousands of druids, pagans, and New Age revelers greeted the summer solstice at Stonehenge.

Around 6,000 people gathered at the historic stone circle in Wiltshire, England, to see the dawn at 4:49 a.m. (0349 GMT) on a clear, fresh morning, according to Wiltshire Police.

The environment was "convivial," according to police, and only two arrests were made — one for violence and the other for narcotics possession.

It was the first time since 2019 that revelers were allowed to meet for the solstice. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the sunrise was streamed live online in 2020 and 2021.

Stonehenge was created by a sun-worshipping Neolithic society on a windswept plain in southwest England between 5,000 and 3,500 years ago.

Experts are still debating its purpose, but it is oriented so that the sun rises behind the Heel Stone on the summer solstice and rays of sunshine are funneled into the circle's center.

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