Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebration Will Be Televised for the First Time Ever

June 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm

Millions will be able to watch the sun align with the ancient stone calendar live-streaming on Facebook, since the in-person event has been cancelled

Every year, thousands of pagans and druids gather at Stonehedge to watch the sun set and rise again on summer solstice.

But thanks to coronavirus, the famous event is cancelled this year.

It’s a tragedy for the thousands of pagans, who’ve been making the pilgrimage for thousands of years, but as a silver lining, the spiritually significant celebration will be available to a much wider audience this year.

English Heritage, the non-profit that manages Stonehenge, will be live-streaming the event on their Facebook page from sunset on June 20th to sunrise on June 21st, which will be rising bright and early at 4:52 local time.

If you miss it, the video will be available on their page the next day.

“Modern-day Pagan and Druid groups believe it is their temple and it is their right to worship there, so [coming to Stonehenge is] the equivalent for them of coming to a church or cathedral,” Heather Sebire, the English heritage senior curator at Stonehenge, tells TIME Magazine.

According to pagans, the Stonehenge is a sacred place that links the Earth, Moon, Sun and the seasons. CREDIT: Richard Baker/ Getty Images

On summer solstice, the sun rises right above the Heel Stone and shines down into the center of the circle. On winter solstice, the sun rises between two stones on the opposite side of the circle, capped by a horizontal stone, known as the Trilothon.

The winter solstice is allegedly an even more spectacular sight, but the warmer weather makes summer solstice the more popular celebration at Stonehenge.

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The positioning of the stones in such a way leads archaeologists to believe the 5000-year-old monument was built by ancient Celts (or maybe aliens?) as some sort of primitive, yet highly advanced, calendar.

Don’t forget to put the historical event on your calendar!