12 Strangely Wonderful Summer Solstice Celebrations Around the World

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Tim Ireland

From bonfires to floral crowns, there’s no wrong way to celebrate the start of summer.

Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England

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On the dawning of the summer solstice, the sun rises directly above the Heel Stone of Stonehenge—a mysterious prehistoric monument whose origins, depending on who you ask, were as an ancient burial ground, an astrological observatory, even a supernatural phenomenon. Some 37,000 people of all beliefs, from robed modern druids to New Agers to sun worshipers to simple onlookers, gather to dance and drum through sunrise. 

12 Strangely Wonderful Summer Solstice Celebrations Around the World

Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England

On the dawning of the summer solstice, the sun rises directly above the Heel Stone of Stonehenge—a mysterious prehistoric monument whose origins, depending on who you ask, were as an ancient burial ground, an astrological observatory, even a supernatural phenomenon. Some 37,000 people of all beliefs, from robed modern druids to New Agers to sun worshipers to simple onlookers, gather to dance and drum through sunrise. 

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