Thousands of people gathered this Tuesday in the stonehenge megalithic monumentin England, to celebrate the Summer Solsticeafter the area was banned for this type of event due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last time that the authorities allowed the population to see the sunrise in this emblematic enclave and, on this occasion, some 6,000 people gathered to see how the sun rose over the horizon shortly before 05:00 (local time).
The person in charge of the organization that manages the place, Heather Sebire, applauded the return of this type of celebrations.
“There are modern druids and pagan groups who see it as a place of prayer,” he explained to the BBC.
For the Police, “it has been a success on many levels,” according to the DPA news agency. The security forces have reported two arrests, although no notable incidents have been recorded, beyond some traffic jams in the surrounding areas.
The Stonehenge monument, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built specifically with the solstice in mind. On this date, the sun rises on a stone located at the entrance of the enclave and its rays illuminate the center of the monument.