No one knows who they were or what they were doing. But their legacy remains. Hewn into the living rock of Stonehenge.

Hundreds gather for Stonehenge sunrise after winter solstice

Some of those attending the winter solstice celebrations at Stonehenge were there to worship, others to party or to simply to enjoy the rise of the sun after the longest night and look forward to lengthening days and springtime.

Despite it being a gloomy, soggy morning in Wiltshire, there was a joyful atmosphere as hundreds of people gathered to witness the light return.

There is evidence that spending time near or within the standing stones can actually be good for mental wellbeing.

  • tom_billesley

    “spending time near or within the standing stones can actually be good for mental wellbeing.”
    It’s because you’re far away from mahometans and politicians.

  • ontario john

    Winter Solstice is the favourite holiday of the United Church, since they don’t believe in God.

  • canminuteman

    I’ve been there. It wasn’t solstice, however, so I was the only person there. Much nicer that way I think.

  • Linda1000

    I look forward to Dec. 21/22 every year because from that point on, I know the daylight will start increasing by a few seconds and then by a few minutes in early January.

    • canminuteman

      I do to. I really hate the short days of winter, although I suppose everyone does. I have been in the habit of looking at the sunrise sunset times whenever I look at a weather forecast for years.

  • Micky C.

    Fuck ya! Learning Big Bottoms on guitar to serenade the missuss this holiday season. She’ll love it!

  • Marius K

    Oh, back to those great ole days of tribal circles!

  • ed

    i visited Stonehenge years ago when you could walk among them without being molested by hi-viz wearing jobworths , it is a magical place where anglo Saxons like myself and celts , can connect with our ancestors whose DNA we still carry to-day no lib-tards can take that away from the indigenous people of this once green and pleasant land [ ed uk ]

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Means more to me as time goes by.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      I haven’t been there is seven or eight years or so but what struck me was how SMALL that monolith is.
      The other thing that struck me was that damn chain link fence they put around it and the crowds, and the prices in the gift shop.
      I understand why each and everyone of those concessions are the way that they are, but whatever connection with that monument that I should have felt, I missed.
      I’m glad you got something out of it.

  • Watchman

    When you believe in nothing at all, you start to believe in everything. Judeo-Christianity is the basis of our culture, its ethics and morality. What is more is that it allowed the flowering of the Scientific Method, allowed because of the belief that a deity is not involved moment to moment interference in our reality and this has led to the huge success of wealth and productivity unmatched in any other culture.

    We are never far from the fall of civilization, and yet so many agnostics and atheists believe that without our Judeo-Christianity we would still have followed the same path or that we can stop believing and the momentum we have is going to continue infinitely without this Judeo-Christianity. They are wrong.

    • LauraS

      We have an extended family member who describes herself as witch. It’s a mixture of witchcraft, Druid, pagan, and native american “traditions,” with a belief in fairies, smudging, casting spells, and rune readings. Her hodgepodge of “beliefs”displays a lack of critical thinking skills. I always think of the “when you believe in nothing you fall for everything” quotation when I see her posts on Facebook. She is a lovely person, but utterly daft.

      • Clausewitz

        Every family has one of those. They’re usually a person of no describable skills, but this is their “Hey Look at Me” reaction to everything.

      • DMB

        A belief system based on feelings not on facts or in a higher moral authority.

  • DMB