December 21st, the Winter Solstice, marks the shortest day of the year - the day when we have the least amount of sunlight. This day was of considerable importance to our pre-historic ancestors. Archaeologists have found evidence of considerable feasting during this time. The stones at Stonehenge were positioned to mark this event using the alignment of the sunset. What rituals they performed at this time is unknown but today modern druids and other groups still mark and celebrate this day with their own rituals. Sadly the clouds obstructed the movement of the sunset this year but this didn't deter different groups travelling to Stonehenge to carry out their special ceremonies. Tomorrow morning thousands more will gather at Stonehenge to celebrate the sunrise.
To learn more about Stonehenge join me on one of my private tours of Stonehenge. You can choose from a half-day tour or a full day tour which takes in other fascinating places e.g. the world's largest stone circle at Avebury or a regional brewery. For more information please visit my day-trips from Bath.