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Modern-day Druids, pagans and other revellers gather at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain to celebrate the first day of winter – otherwise known as the winter solstice, which is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.





Crowds gather to celebrate the winter solstice at Stonehenge.

Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA



The Druid ‘king of Britain’, Arthur Uther Pendragon, conducts a service.

Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA



People touch one of the sacred stones during the celebration. The winter solstice occurs when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest from the sun.

Photograph: Velar Grant/ZUMA Press/Corbis



A caped reveller celebrates the dawn. The popularity of the winter solstice, a quieter and gentler affair than its summer counterpart, has grown in recent years.

Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters



The Druidan name for the winter solstice festival is Alban Arthan, which means ‘the light of Arthur’.

Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

Luciferianism, paganism, sun worshipers.


Source:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2014/dec/22/winter-solstice-2014-celebrations-at-stonehenge-in-pictures

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